Bangladesh cancel Pakistan tour due to security concerns
12:20 GMT, 31 December 2012
Bangladesh have called off their upcoming tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.
No international cricket has been played in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009.
Six Sri Lankan players were wounded when
gunmen opened fire on their coach as they were being driven to the Gaddafi Stadium for a Test match.
The news will be a bitter pill to swallow for Pakistan having recently resolved another major dispute to resume bilateral ties with India after five years.
Wounded: Six Sri Lankan players were hurt when their bus was shot at in Lahore in 2009
'Bangladesh will not visit Pakistan for now,' said Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan.
'We have noticed that the security situation in Pakistan has not improved significantly, (it has) rather deteriorated.
'In this circumstance, we think it will not be very wise to tour. We
have conveyed our decision to Pakistan already. We are observing the
situation. If the situation improves we will keep our commitment.
'We have made a commitment to travel to Pakistan but we believe that the security of players and officials are the most important thing.'
Pakistan have been playing 'home' series in the United Arab Emirates as well as hosting Australia in England in 2010 for two Tests and two Twenty20s.
They recently hosted two Twenty20s against a World XI featuring Sanath Jayasuriya and Andre Nel.