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Old September 4, 2003, 12:56 PM
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Pakistan rejects Bangladesh discrimination charge on cricket tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday rejected complaints of mistreatment from Bangladesh after their players were forced to fly economy for a Pakistan tour match.

Reacting to newspaper reports quoting Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore as saying that his team was not booked in executive class while the Pakistan team was, a PCB spokesman said the allegations were untrue.

There was no executive class on the Pakistan International Airlines flight from Islamabad to Multan, it said.

"The home team had economy-plus while the Bangladesh team travelled in economy class and it was only because the aircraft (on the sector between Islamabad and Multan) was small," the spokesman said.

"When the teams travelled from Karachi to Peshawar for the second Test, both the teams were booked in economy-plus because the aircraft was an Airbus."

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules stipulate that teams travel business class on international flights and economy on domestic flights.

Bangladesh is currently playing the third and final Test in Multan, which will be followed by a five-match one-day series.

Whatmore was earlier quoted in Bangladeshi newspapers as saying: "This is not a good gesture. If there was any problem, the home team should have taken the economy class and offered the executive class to the Bangladesh team. I have never seen anything like this in my life."

The PCB added: "The tour has been conducted in the friendliest of spirits between the two teams and the PCB has extended its full support and hospitality to the Bangladesh team on the tour."

Bangladesh team manager M. A. Latif, a retired Colonel who also served the Pakistan Army before Bangladesh won independence in 1971, said the issue was over.

"Guests should be treated as guests but now the matter is over," Latif told AFP.
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Old September 4, 2003, 10:42 PM
Shubho Shubho is offline
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Default And that just goes on to fuel more stereotypes about pakis...

...anyway, the PCB are a bunch of tossers. Pardon me French.

[Edited on 5-9-2003 by Shubho]
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