Former ICC president Ehsan Mani fears that Bangladesh cricket, like Pakistan, could now face the problem of international teams not touring the country after the deadly terror attack in Dhaka.
At least 20 foreigners were killed when terrorists attacked an upscale cafe in Dhaka this week, immediately creating doubts over whether England would undertake their tour to Bangladesh in September.
“After what happened in Dhaka I fear that like Pakistan the Bangladesh board will also find it difficult to convince teams to tour their country,” Mani said in an interview.
“I am concerned that Bangladesh cricket might also be hit hard by terrorism like Pakistan cricket has suffered in the last few years,” Mani said.
“At a time when foreigners were killed in the attack, it will be difficult for Bangladesh to convince England to play the series.”
“Don’t forget West Indies under-19 team returned home from Bangladesh due to security concerns some years back while Australia also pulled out of the ICC Youth World Cup this year,” he added.
Mani noted that Pakistan was losing money in millions because of India not playing bilateral cricket series with them since 2007.
“I have said before the PCB must stop government interference and take strong decisions. It should refuse to play India in ICC events until the BCCI changes its policy on bilateral cricket series.”
He said that whenever Pakistan plays India in an ICC event, it brings in the highest revenues for the ICC and member boards.
Meanwhile, Mani also said in these circumstances if Bangladesh succeeded in convincing teams to play in their country than it would raise a big question mark on the ability of the Pakistan Cricket Board to handle the situation since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009.
“Yes, it would raise serious questions about how the PCB has handled the situation and why it couldn’t get the foreign team to visit Pakistan.”
Former ICC chief Ehsan Mani said in the existing global situations the Asian cricket bloc need to show more unity and support each other.
He also criticized ICC for requesting the ICC to set up a special fund for Pakistan cricket to recover from revenue losses suffered due to international teams boycotted the country.
“It is shameful what the PCB has done… it is very disappointing. Instead of going to the ICC with a begging bowl the PCB should curtail and control its expenses,” he said.
Mani said it is true that playing its home series outside Pakistan meant the loss of revenues and express for the PCB, he advised the board to rectify their organizational structure and also stop government interference in its affairs.
“If the PCB is indeed facing a financial crisis it can take a number of administrative steps to cope with the situation. They are nearly 1000 employees on the board is there need for this. Expenses must be curtailed.”