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Australia delay departure for Bangladesh amidst security concerns

Australia delay departure for Bangladesh amidst security concerns
Cricket Australia on Saturday has delayed Australian team's departure to Bangladesh amidst security concerns raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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Cricket Australia (CA) on Saturday has delayed Australian team’s departure to Bangladesh amidst security concerns raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

In a media release, CA communicated that the decision was taken after a various Australian government sources advised them about a potential security risk.

The Australian team was scheduled to fly to Bangladesh on Monday morning, but now they will have to wait for the security clearance before departing. 

Chief Executive of the CA, James Sutherland, revealed that Australia are completely committed to make the tour to Bangladesh, but only after they receive a security clearance.

“We have received advice from DFAT and based on that information we are working with security experts and the Bangladesh Cricket Board on a revised security plan for the tour,” Sutherland said.

“We want the tour to go ahead and are planning for that, but the safety and security of our players and support staff is our number-one priority and won’t be compromised.

“We will wait to receive updated security information early in the week before confirming the team’s travel arrangements."

Sutherland further disclosed that the board was in constant touch with the players in order to keep them updated of the situation.

“In the meantime, we are working with the ACA and keeping our players and support staff fully informed.”

Australia are scheduled to play a three-day warm-up game against Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on 3rd October at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.

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