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Bangladesh agree to tour Pakistan: ICC

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Sunday that Bangladesh has agreed to tour Pakistan for a One-day International and one Twenty20 international at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Bangladesh will be the first international team to tour Pakistan since it became a no-go zone following the attack by unknown gunmen on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

The ICC said that having due regard to its duty of care to match officials and other ICC staff, requested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to immediately provide a comprehensive security plan for consideration.

The ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit will now commission a local risk assessment agency to determine whether its officials and staff are appropriately protected by the proposed security plan, before any further decision is taken in relation to their appointment.

The ODI is scheduled for April 29 while the Twenty20 will be played one day later at the same venue.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president said: "The public of Pakistan have been deprived of cricket and we felt that we needed to support them. The reception we received when we toured Lahore and Karachi on our security visit was overwhelming."

Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, said: "I want to thank the BCB and the Bangladesh Government for their support for this tour."

Ashraf and Kamal attended the ICC Executive Board meeting here, Sunday.(IANS)