11 Jan 2014

Bangladesh promises security for Pakistan cricket team

11:58 am on 11 January 2014

Bangladesh has promised enhanced security for the Pakistan cricket team during next month's Asia Cup, after political unrest in Dhaka endangered their participation in the regional event.

The Asian Cricket Council last week decided to host the event in Dhaka despite violence and protests in the wake of January 5th national elections, which opposition parties boycotted.

Anti-Pakistan sentiments were also sparked after Islamabad's protest over the execution of Islamic leader Abdul Quader Mollah in December last year.

Protesters burnt Pakistani flags and staged demonstrations at the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka.

The hosting of the Asia Cup will also help Bangladesh send a positive signal ahead of its staging of the ICC World Twenty20 from March 16th to April 6th this year.