By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Nation are jubilant upon the return of international cricket to Pakistan, after a painstaking wait of more than three years, however cricket officials along with a section of followers in Bangladesh are in-fact not thrilled after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President reportedly took a solo flight in making a commitment to tour Pakistan.
Meanwhile the BCB President, Mustafa Kamal has categorically said that he would speak about the Pakistan tour only on an “appropriate” time. He also denied stories published by the Bangladeshi press, while quoting him, in this regard. “About Pakistan tour I have decided, I will not talk to anybody. All the media people are making stories and selling newspapers. I am not giving statements to anybody at least about Pakistan tour”, said Mustafa Kamal while talking to this correspondent for News One TV, Pakistan.
“When the tour will be on, you will come to know and if the tour is called off you will come to know as well. You have to see everything from our cricket board website”, added BCB President.
On the sidelines of the Executive board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai earlier this month, Mustafa Kamal met with his Pakistani counterpart, Zaka Ashraf and signed a joined communiqué, according to which the Bangladesh cricket team will tour Pakistan to play ODI and T20 matches – one each - on April 29th and April 30th in Lahore.
Mustafa Kamal also urged the PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf to refrain from releasing media statements regarding the committed tour.
“I request my counterpart in Pakistan to please do not talk to anybody that will be better. Leave everything to the Almighty and wait for an appropriate time”, concludes Mustafa Kamal