18 Mar 2009

Bangladesh postpones Pakistan team tour

10:01 am on 18 March 2009

The future of cricket tours on the Indian sub-continent has becope even bleaker after Bangladesh postponed Pakistan's tour because they cannot ensure players' safety.

Pakistan was due to tour Bangladesh earlier this month but the dates were put on hold two days after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in the Pakistani city of Lahore,

Bangladesh's sports minister Ahad Ali Sarker says last month's mutiny at a military base in the Bangladeshi capital as the main reason for the postponement.

He says tours by all foreign teams in all sports codes are suspended until further notice as the

rebels wanted for the mutiny are hunted.

Cricketing authorities across the globe have raised concerns about the future of the sport in the region, including the lucrative Indian Premier League, following the Lahore attacks.