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PAKISTAN’S cricket tour of Bangladesh scheduled to start later this week has been postponed, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Thursday.

Pakistan was due to reach Dhaka on Saturday to play two Twenty20 matches and five one-day internationals from March 10-22.

The BCB did not say why the tour had been postponed or when it will take place.

“The Bangladesh Cricket Board has postponed Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh 2009 as advised by the Government authorities,” it said in a brief statement.

“A fresh itinerary will be announced later.”

Bangladesh witnessed a bloody mutiny in the capital Dhaka last week by soldiers of the Bangladesh Rifles that left 74 people, including 56 army officers dead.

The decision to call off the tour comes two days after the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by armed gunmen in the Pakistani city of Lahore, which injured seven players and the team’s assistant coach.

Pakistan and Bangladesh are co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup along with India and Sri Lanka.

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