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Pakistan's tour to Bangladesh hangs in balance​

Uncertainty looms large over Pakistan's tour to Bangladesh after the PCB informed that Bangladesh Cricket Board had sought a week's time to obtain clearance from their government and confirm the revised itinerary.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt said that his Bangladesh counterpart had asked him to wait for a week to get a clear picture on the tour.

"Yesterday only I talked with a top official of the Bangladesh board and he had requested for a week's time to get a final clearance from their government," Butt said.

The tour was postponed last week, just two days after 12 gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Pakistan was due to leave for Bangladesh on March 7 to play five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches. But the BCB had postponed the tour on the eleventh hour on the advice of their government in the aftermath of a two-day mutiny, in which at least 80 people were killed, mostly army officers.
 

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BD Board seeks time to decide series

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt on Thursday confirmed that the Bangladesh Board sought a week's time to clear the ambiguity hovering over the limited overs series between the two countries.

Talking to 'The News' on telephone from Lahore, Ijaz Butt said that efforts were being made to get a clear version of the Bangladesh Board on the proposed series.

"Only on Thursday I talked with a top official of the Bangladesh board and he had requested for a week's time to get a final clearance from their government," Ijaz Butt said.

Only on Wednesday the PCB's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Saleem Altaf expressed his confidence that a final news on the Bangladesh tour was expected in 48 hours.

In a fresh development, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official said they would only be able to give a clear picture on the tour during the next week.

It is widely believed that the fate of the Pakistan one-day series against Bangladesh hangs in the balance. The BCB officials are trying hard to get NOC from the government to host limited overs series while the government shows no urgency to give go ahead to the postponed series.

It is not yet clear when the permission would be granted. "It was on the government behest that the series has been postponed and it would be with the approval of the government that the series would be rescheduled.

"With the delay in confirmation of the series, the uncertainty surrounding the series even deepens now," a source in the Board confirmed.

Pakistan were due to arrive in Dhaka on March 7 to play two Twenty20 International matches and five ODIs from March 10 to 22. The series was postponed because of the security situation after the carnage at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka as well as the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore.

Meanwhile, Ijaz Butt also chaired the regional associations heads meeting in Lahore to discuss issues pertaining to domestic cricket in the country. "It has been decided that all the regional heads will be responsible for selection of teams for all domestic tournaments while districts would look after the selection of their own teams," the PCB chairman said.

Unlike the previous practice where the PCB used to depute selectors to help in selection matters, the regions would now look after the selection process themselves.

Another matter that came under discussion was to take steps to popularise domestic cricket in the country. "Efforts are being made to seek the backing and help of TV channels in promoting domestic cricket and we would soon hold meeting with channel officials in this respect."
 

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Razzak's bowling cleared by ICC, say Bangladesh

Bangladesh's left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been cleared to resume bowling in international cricket, the national board said here Thursday, ending his ban over a suspect arm action.

Razzak was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in November after the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand at home.

"He appeared for a reassessment of his action at the Australian Institute of Sports in Canberra on February 23 and has been subsequently cleared," the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said in a statement.

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