Akram hails Bangladesh's decision to tour Pakistan next year
Pakistani great Wasim Akram has hailed Bangladesh's decision to tour Pakistan next month, saying it was an important step on the road to reviving international cricket in the country.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had recently said it has agreed in principle to tour Pakistan to restore international cricket, which has been suspended since militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009, reports the Daily Times.
BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus said Pakistan had proposed a one-day international and a Twenty20 game to be played in Lahore on January 12 and 13.
"It's a welcome decision and I hope that the tour takes place as agreed because Pakistan badly needs international cricket and one series will convince other countries to tour," Wasim was quoted, as saying.
Bangladesh had accepted an invitation to tour Pakistan in April for a short limited-over series but the Dhaka High Court blocked the tour on security grounds. But the Pakistan Cricket Board has been cautious over the prospects of Bangladesh touring, with chairman Zaka Ashraf telling local media negotiations were under way, but if a series took place, it would be in January.