Bangladesh postpone age grade tour of Pakistan

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DHAKA, Nov 9 (Reuters) Security concerns have forced the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to postpone a tour by their under-19 side to Pakistan.

The decision was made on the advice of Bangladeshi government officials in Karachi, the BCB said in a statement today.

Last Saturday, Pakistan's military ruler President Gen. Pervez Musharaff imposed emergency rule, suspended the country's constitution, detained hundreds of political opponents and cancelled parliamentary elections. He has since said elections will now be held by next February.

The Bangladesh under-19 team were due in Karachi on Friday as part of their build up for next year's World Cup in Malaysia. They were scheduled to play five limited-over matches and a four-day match against the Pakistan under-19 side in Karachi and Hyderabad from November 11 to 26.

The BCB said it was working with the Pakistan Cricket Board on a new schedule.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this week postponed women's World Cup qualifiers scheduled for later this month in Pakistan while an ICC delegation inspecting facilities for next year's Champions Trophy left the country early.

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