New Zealand abandons Pakistan cricket tour over ‘security alert’

The Black Caps have abandoned their tour of Pakistan on the day of their first match after being warned by the New Zealand government of an “escalated” security threat.
New Zealand’s decision to abandon their tour came after “an escalation in the New Zealand government threat levels for Pakistan”. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has

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BCB finds an ally in PCB chief

Australia were ‘overly sensitive’ to postpone their tour of Bangladesh over security concerns, says Pakistan Cricket Board president Shahryar Khan, reports BCC Online.
Bangladesh police are investigating the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot on Monday, with the Islamic State group saying it is responsible.

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BCB accuses PCB of lying

Bangladesh Cricket Board accused the Pakistan Cricket Board of lying after the latter claimed it was kept out of the process for release of the players for the Bangladesh Premier League.
The PCB in a statement on Wednesday alleged that the auction of the Pakistani cricketers was done without prior intimation to them and that they were kept out of the

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Last-minute PCB decision puts franchises in trouble

The last-minute decision of Pakistan to keep its players off from the Bangladesh Premier League put the franchises in deep trouble to find replacements despite the assurance given by Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The BCB waited until 10:00am on Wednesday for the Pakistani players and instructed the franchises to look for alternatives after a negative reply from the Pakistan Cricket Board

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Nazmul to meet PCB boss in Delhi today

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan is leaving Dhaka today to have a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Zaka Ashraf, said the BCB officials on Saturday.
The BCB boss took the opportunity to settle some major issues with Zaka, who is upset after Bangladesh backed away from its commitment of sending

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Pakistan officially replies to BCB

Pakistan Cricket Board officially responded to Bangladesh’s letter over the postponement of a planned tour in January, said the officials on Wednesday.
The BCB informed its Pakistani counterpart of its decision though a letter last week and were waiting for a reply in the official channel

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No Pakistanis, no problem

BPL franchisees sing to the same tune
Amid looming threats of Pakistani players pulling out from the Bangladesh Premier League, the franchisees of the Twenty20 competition said life without their service will not be as difficult as it may seem.
A total of 57 Pakistani cricketers were put up in BPL’s players’ auction for the second edition while 25 of them were chosen by different franchisees for the

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Pakistan calls Bangladesh decision ‘inappropriate’

Pakistan on Tuesday criticised Bangladesh’s decision to abandon a planned cricket tour over security fears and threatened to bar its own players from playing in a Bangladeshi league.
The two nations were scheduled to play a Twenty20 and a one-day international in Lahore this month, albeit pending security clearance

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Tour postponed

Concerns over Pakistanis’ BPL participation
Bangladesh’s two-day tour of Pakistan, which was scheduled to take place on January 12 and 13, has been postponed on security grounds, informed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon in a press conference at a city hotel yesterday. Papon stated that the board would continue observing the security situation in Pakistan and would go

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Bangladesh’s proposed tour to Pakistan cancelled

BCB chief Nazmul Hassan has said Bangladesh will only tour Pakistan if the security situation in the country improves. He remained noncommittal, not saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the proposed tour, but it was made clear in various ways that the January visit has, for now, been ruled out.
“The ICC minutes has it that we have made an unconditional commitment to tour

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PCB endorses Kamal, BCB not yet

The lobbying for ICC president post takes new twist
The ongoing saga of the top ICC job took a new twist when Pakistan said it has endorsed the nomination of Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal for the post.
The endorsement came before Bangladesh formally made their choice, leading to a big confusion as a number of candidates including Kamal and former BCB president Saber Hossain Chowdhury

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