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The future of cricket tours by teams to the subcontinent became bleaker Tuesday after Bangladeshi authorities said they were postponing Pakistan's tour because they could not ensure players' safety.

Pakistan was due to tour Bangladesh earlier this month but the dates were put on hold two days after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in the Pakistani city of Lahore, an assault in which seven players and an assistant coach were injured two weeks ago.

Bangladesh sports minister Ahad Ali Sarker told AFP that officials in his country had decided to postpone the tour because of concerns over player safety.

"We have had to suspend the tour for the time being because of security concerns," he said, citing last month's mutiny at a military base in the Bangladeshi capital as the main reason for the postponement.

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