LAHORE - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Mustafa Kanmal has expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in Pakistan for the upcoming Bangladesh cricket series.

Kamal was in Pakistan with his delegation from Bangladesh to assess security. He witnessed Sunday a dress rehearsal of how the teams will be driven to the ground from its hotel here in the city with dozens of security personnel deployed roadside.  Kamal says he will approach world cricket's governing body in a positive way but needed the ICC's agreement to send a team to Pakistan.  In a press briefing here at National Cricket Academy (NCA), the BCB president said that he would inform his government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the high security provided by Pakistan and then they will take the final decision regarding Bangladesh team tour to Pakistan.

"I am satisfied with the arrangement and my security people will prepare a report on our return. We are keen to restore game to this country but we cannot send team here before the ICC clears this tour. The ICC has its own security team and we shall write a letter to them and to give their report. The Bangladesh tour will also be needed to be cleared by our home ministry."

"We will work hand in hand to convince our other colleagues there in the International Cricket Council (ICC) to bring back cricket to Pakistan at the earliest. Now I am here to make a commitment that both Zaka Ashraf and I will work together to make things right at the ICC level. I am here with a positive frame of mind and want us to be in a position to convince our ICC board members, so that they also agree to play in Pakistan as early as possible," the BCB president added.

The ICC had earliersaid that it will conduct an independent security assessment before deciding whether to send their match officials for the series. "We keep our fingers crossed and hope that international cricket will be revived with the Bangladesh team's tour to Pakistan as our government has promised foolproof security for the Bangladesh team," said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf.

Punjab province chief minister Shahbaz Sharif also welcomed the possible revival of cricket in Pakistan. "We will give the best possible security to the Bangladesh team and for the sake of millions of fans we want to revive international cricket in Pakistan," said the CM Punjab.