LAHORE – The Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesperson has said that no decision has been made regarding cricket team’s tour to Pakistan.

On the other hand Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Mustafa Kamal still insisted that Bangladesh team will tour Pakistan in this year but denied to announce the dates, a private Pakistani TV channel reported on Tuesday,.

He also denied the news that Bangladesh team will not tour Pakistan which was scheduled to be held on April 16-26. However a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official  said the PCB had not received any official information regarding the tour from the BCB.

In the prevailing circumstances, BCB tour still is in doubt following a tweet from a BCB official that they rejected the PCB invitation to tour Pakistan to bring back international cricket to the country.

Though the PCB has not received any official reply from the Bangladesh as yet but as for now the tour is surely not going ahead, owing to a busy schedule of the Bengali Tigers.

Earlier, the BCB security officials led by their chairman, Mustafa, toured Pakistan in the first week of March and analysed the security arrangements being offered by the Pakistani government and the PCB. The delegation went back satisfied after inspecting different venues, and assured the possibility of their team touring the country if they get an official confirmation by the ICC.

The Bangladesh board however, changed their attitude after returning back home and started using delaying tactics for the proposed invitation. Their stance infuriated the PCB, who wanted a valid reason for the delay. The BCB in reply claimed that the final decision will be taken by their Prime Minister, Hasina Wajed, who is yet to make a formal announcement over the impending matter.

Meanwhile, it is also learnt that Bangladeshi Prime Minister has returned the report regarding tour of Pakistan without any remarks as neither she rejected and nor consented, leaving the matter to be decided by the BCB.

The stumbling block also came after Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in a nail biting finale of the Asia Cup 2012, hosted by the latter nation. The Bengali also put forward a formal request to the ICC in changing the outcome of the match, citing an incident in the last over of the final involving Aizaz Cheema and Mahmudullah Riyad, where both men collided and claimed that the incident deprived the host team from a second run, which otherwise could prove crucial for the outcome of the match.  

The tour was scheduled for a mid-April start, with one of two itineraries being adhered to - three one-day internationals  or two one-day internationals and a T20 international. The finalised venues to host the series included the National Stadium Karachi and the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

According to the PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, the Board has done everything on its part to satisfy the BCB delegation, however, they will be seeking other ways to resume international cricket in their country, which includes inviting a World XI following a successful tour of British universities students last week.  

The chances of reviving international cricket in Pakistan has recently increased after the approval of the ICC's new Dispensation policy, according to which the ICC can conduct a series at any unsafe venue, while appointing local match officials.

In case, if the BCB  refuses to send their team for tour then Pakistan reserves the right to withdraw its support for Mustufa's candidature which might jeopardise his selection as the ICC vice president. The ball is now in the court of Mustufa and he has to think a lot before the announcement of a final decision about the fate of the tour.

On the other hand, the PCB?is considering to launch a  Pakistan Premier League (PPL) to end the international isolation of Pakistan.

The international cricketers will be invited to participate in the Pakistan Premier League to make it a success and would be paid handsome amount and will be provided full security during the tournament.

Pakistan has got good response from the four companies, including one from India, and expected to give a presentation to the PCB this week on how to stage the PPL, with a UAE-based bank and two telecoms companies interested in taking up team franchises.

"It's exciting to have a very good initial response from corporate companies on the PPL," PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed was quoted as saying on Tuesday. "We are looking at the viability of a Twenty20 event involving some foreign players, and it would be great if it comes about," he said.

"We gave a detailed plan about PPL and shared it with the top brass of PCB in 2009 and they expressed great interest and took our business model, but it was not pursued," Salman Ahmed, the co-partner in Portfolio World, a company which also deals with managing players, told a foreign news agency.