BCB’s defence was weak, says petitioners’ lawyer
MUMBAI: Khandker Dider-us-Salam, one of the two petitioners who successfully got the injunction order against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for sending its team to Pakistan, has said he would himself go and watch his team playing in Pakistan but only when it is safe.
“I will immediately book my tickets to go and watch my team playing in Pakistan the day it is ensured that Pakistan is safe to host international matches,” Khandker, who is a senior lecturer and head of department of law at the Daffodil International University in Dhaka, said.
“I have nothing against Pakistan and their players. There is no vested interest either. Had it been any other country experiencing similar problems, I would have done the same thing,” he added. “I did not move court to seek any publicity. I am a cricket fan and have concerns about our players.”
Both petitioners (the other being advocate Kamal Hossain Meahzi) were represented by lawyer Hassan M. S. Azim.
Speaking exclusively, Azim said, “The defence by the BCB lawyer was weak in the case. He was not very vocal and had argued saying that the tour is not yet confirmed by the ICC and hence no interim order is required.
“However, the additional AG (M.K.Rahman) acted on the public sentiments. Let the game of cricket be resumed in Pakistan when the country is safe. How can the players go to Pakistan when they and their families are worried about the many risks involved in playing there?”
“The courts in Bangladesh remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays and it was absolutely necessary to move the matter before the team was planning to leave next week,” Azim concluded.