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Australia tour of Bangladesh in doubt as players return to their home states

Australia tour of Bangladesh in doubt as players return to their home states
Australian team's participation in their upcoming tour of Bangladesh continues to remain under a cloud as Cricket Australia released their players to join their respective state training programs.
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Australian team's participation in their upcoming tour of Bangladesh continues to remain under a cloud as Cricket Australia (CA) released their players to join their respective state training programs.

The decision came as a result of the death of an Italian aid worker in Dhaka, who was shot three times on Monday night by attackers and fled on a motorcycle.

The Australian team's departure to Bangladesh was delayed on Sunday after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a warning of a possible threat to the players.

CA then had sent a security advisory team to Bangladesh to speak with the various officials and assess the security situation in the south Asian nation.

However, the team returned back to Australia on Tuesday with no further update on the situation. 

"There has been no change to the situation or our current position," a CA official told AFP via email.

"While we're waiting for a decision, players have been asked to re-join their state training programs." 

Even though the Bangladesh Cricket Board had promised a security of the highest protocol to the Australian players, the situation remains to be a worry in Bangladesh 

International schools in Bangladesh were closed on Tuesday while Foreign embassies have restricted their movements in the country.

The situation also puts Australia's Football World Cup qualifier game against Bangladesh in Dhaka on 17th November in jeopardy. 

The first Test between Australia and Bangladesh was scheduled to begin in Chittagong on 9th October. 

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