Mani tells PCB to skip Asia Cup, World Twenty20 in Bangladesh over security fears

Karachi, Jan 6 : Former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani has said it would be better to skip the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 in Bangladesh than risk players' security if the volatile situation persisted in the country

He asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ensure players' safety before confirming participation in the tournament.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the ICC seem keen to hold the two premier tournaments in Bangladesh despite security apprehensions from the PCB.

The PCB said it will continue to consult the governing bodies and the Pakistan government before reaching a decision over the Bangladesh tour, The Express Tribune reports.

Mani said that apart from relying on other stakeholders, the PCB send its own security delegation before confirming their participation.

He also hoped the ICC will consider the situation and PCB's concerns ahead of the World T20.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board's officials are tightlipped over holding the tournaments, hoping the situation to improve after January 5 elections.

--ANI (Posted on 06-01-2014)

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