Pakistan's Bangladesh tour may be reduced

Updated: 10 March 2009 09:49 IST

Pakistan's postponed cricket tour of Bangladesh is likely to be reduced to three one-dayers and a Twenty20 match in the revised schedule.

Pakistan's Bangladesh tour may be reduced

Karachi:

Pakistan's postponed cricket tour of Bangladesh is likely to be reduced to three one-dayers and a Twenty20 match in the revised schedule.

A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said since the tour was likely to be held from March 28 to April 9 now, it would not be possible to play five one-dayers and two Twenty20 matches as scheduled earlier.

The tour was originally planned from March 22 to April 10 but was postponed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board on the advice of its Home Ministry, which cited security concerns in the wake of a bloody mutiny by Bangladesh Rifles.

"But the Bangladesh board has now conveyed the tour will be held but in reduced form," the PCB official said.

He said the BCB had reduced the number of matches as its main players were signed up to play in the Indian Premier League that starts from April 10.

The official said Pakistan was keen to get back to playing cricket as soon as possible to get over the Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lankan team.

He said matches during the Pakistan tour are now likely to be held in Dhaka and not at other venues as planned in the original itinerary.

"Security has now become of paramount importance anywhere and for any tour so we are waiting for the Bangladesh board and their government to give all necessary clearances before the revised schedule is announced," the PCB official said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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