ISLAMABAD - Visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board Chairman Mustafa Kamal along with his delegation met Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik at the Ministry of Interior here on Saturday, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf was also present on the occasion.

Talking to the mediamen here, Rehman Malik thanked Mustafa Kamal for visiting Pakistan and appreciated their gesture of travelling to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan will provide foolproof security and form a joint security team, comprising all personnel from security agencies of the country to allay apprehensions regarding the security for the tour.

Rehman Malik revealed that security experts from the Interior Ministry and the home departments of both the Sindh and Punjab will also brief the members of the BD delegation on security measures to be adopted for the matches in Lahore and Karachi.

Meanwhile, Mustafa Kamal thanked Pakistan Cricket Board for their unconditional help in getting Bangladesh for ICC Vice Presidency slot and said that Pakistan had always helped Bangladesh cricket team and now it's our turn to help them in their time of need.

BCB President Mustafa Kamal promised on Saturday to work towards bringing international cricket back to Pakistan after a three-year hiatus, kicking off a visit to assess security for a proposed series in April.

"We will work hand-in-hand to convince our other partners in the ICC (International Cricket Council) to bring back cricket to Pakistan at the earliest," pledged the BCB chief.

The nine-member Bangladesh delegation held talks with Interior Minister Rehman Malik and is scheduled to tour facilities in Lahore and Karachi, before returning home on March 5 to submit a report for approval to his government.

"I am here with a positive mood," Kamal told a joint news conference with Malik and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf.

He said: "Our presence in Pakistan stands testimony to the fact that we want international cricket back to Pakistan and he is sure that Interior Minister is doing sincere efforts for the revival of international cricket in country and he is sure that Malik will chalk out a best possible security plan." He said Bangladesh Interior, Sports ministries officials and BD police will visit airport to hotel and hotel to ground to thoroughly examine the security measures in and outside the grounds.

After assessing all the security measures they will send a report to Bangladesh government to get nod for the tour from the government. He said Pakistan is our second home and PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf is my brother and they would work together for bringing revolutionary developments specially in Asia.

On the occasion Mustafa Kamal extended Rehman Malik invitation to visit Bangladesh and watch Pakistan in action against arch rivals India in the Asia Cup match to be played on 18th of this month to witness arrangements that made by Bangladesh for teams security to make the event a complete success.

Rehman Malik thanked Mustafa Kamal for his gesture and accepted the invitation. While speaking at the occasion PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf for doing sincere efforts in restoring international cricket in Pakistan, he said, Bangladeshi people are our brothers and our second home. When asked about how many matches would be played during the proposed Bangladesh cricket team's visit, Zaka replied nothing has been finalized yet but PCB want at least two One Day internationals and one T20 to be played during the tour.

The tour is expected to take place in April but could be put forward, all depends on Bangladesh Government. The PCB has given the right to BCB in this regard whatever they decide would be acceptable to them. Pakistan never forget BCB gesture and efforts for resuming international cricket in Pakistan, Zaka Ashraf concluded.  

Meanwhile chances of Bangladesh Cricket team's tour to Pakistan are looking bright as signals from both sides are very positive despite the Bangladeshi cricket coaching opposition to Pakistan sighting security concerns.

"From landing to departure and while staying in a hotel, or any movement within the country and of course the stadiums, they will all stand fully protected," Malik told the news conference.

The PCB chairman hailed the visit as a "great moment for the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan cricket lovers". "I am sure that they will be fully satisfied with the security plan being given by the ministry, by the provinces of Sindh and Punjab," he added.

Bangladesh last toured Pakistan in 2008 to play five one-day games, a series which they lost 5-0. The delegation later visited Gaddafi stadium, near which the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked three years ago. Punjab Police briefed the delegation on the possible security arrangements in case Bangladesh tours.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said it will only assess the situation after the tour is approved to send its umpires and officials. Even before the March 2009 attacks, many foreign teams steered clear of Pakistan over security fears accompanying a wave of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked attacks that escalated significantly in 2007.

Other sports such as field hockey, tennis and squash have also suffered as Pakistan continues to be a "no go" area for international sportsmen.