Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not given up hope on getting Bangladesh to fulfill their commitment of playing in the country, and has termed the writ petition filed in the Dhaka High Court against the tour as devoid of merit and not in public interest. The PCB issued a press release Monday in which it said that it has asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to keep it updated and share details of any appeal filed against the writ petition in the High Court.
"After perusing the copy of the writ petition regarding Bangladesh tour of Pakistan, pending in the Dhaka High Court Division, PCB today sent an official communique to Bangladesh Cricket Board, asking it to submit copy of the court order and copy of the appeal [if any] filed by BCB against the stay order," a PCB spokesman said. "After perusal of the writ by officials of PCB assisted by legal advisor, prima facie the writ petition is devoid of merits and has been filed against public interest which will be detrimental to the game of cricket."
The PCB spokesman reminded that the revival of international cricket in the country has been supported at various ICC forums. "PCB is hopeful that BCB will leave no stone unturned to get the stay order vacated." No foreign team has visited Pakistan because of security fears since March 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team here and killed six Pakistani policemen and a van driver. The militants also wounded five of the visiting players.
The Pakistani board has not given up on the tour despite a Bangladesh court's orders against it.