Australia committed to fulfilling postponed Bangladesh tour

Australia committed to fulfilling postponed Bangladesh tour
According to reports, Australia are likely to tour Bangladesh in September 2017 pending security clearance.
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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland confirmed that the board is committed to fulfilling the tour of Bangladesh which was postponed in October 2015.

Australia were scheduled to play a two-match Test series in Bangladesh in October 2015 but the tour was postponed indefinitely due to security concerns.

Initially, the departure of the Australian team was delayed, but after a security delegation visited Bangladesh, Cricket Australia went on to postpone the tour based on the inputs from the government.

In January 2016, Australia also pulled out of the ICC Under-19 World Cup on the advice from the government due concerns over security as there were threats targeting Australian interests.

In place of Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) invited Ireland to take part in the tournament which was eventually won by the West Indies.

Sutherland revealed that Cricket Australia has discussed the issue of the postponed tour with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and has reiterated their commitment to play the series pending security clearance.

“We’ve had discussions off-line with the Bangladesh Cricket Board,” Sutherland said yesterday.

“They know and understand that we’re absolutely committed to playing that (postponed) tour, obviously subject to security matters that we need to go through in preparation for that tour.

“But we’re very much looking forward to getting back to Bangladesh and playing cricket over there.”

According to a report in cricket.com.au, Sutherland has hinted at organising the tour in July or September 2017.

There is a possibility of the tour happening in September 2017 as both Australia and Bangladesh will be free from International commitments due to the window created in the ICC Future Tours Program for the now defunct Champions League T20.

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