PCB blames B'desh of not following right procedure while hiring Pak players for BPL

Lahore, Jan. 18 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has accused Bangladesh of not following the proper procedures before hiring Pakistan players for this year's Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The PCB pulled its 27 players out of Bangladesh's premier domestic Twenty20 competition - beginning from Friday - which included star players Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir, reports the Daily Times.

The PCB, in a statement, claimed that the home board had to approach the visiting players' parent board and seek its approval.

The PCB said that in BPL's case, Bangladesh Cricket Board, their representatives or the players' agents were in contact directly with the Pakistan players and the PCB was kept out of the process. It added that even the auction of Pakistan players at BPL was done without the PCB's prior permission or intimation.

The statement further said that it is greatly embarrassing when boards are bypassed and players are approached directly.

The ties between the two cricket boards turned soar this month after Bangladesh again postponed their scheduled tour to Pakistan due to security concerns.

Bangladesh had sent a top-level security delegation last March and promised to send its team in April 2012, but the tour was postponed when a High Court issued a stay order against the tour, citing the security of the players.

Pakistan has not hosted an international team since 2009 when gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore, killing six police officials and a van driver.

The BCB had promised again to tour Pakistan on January 10, 2013, but backed off once again. The PCB said that the BCB should take a step forward in reciprocation. (ANI)

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