Bangladesh assure Australia over security concerns
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has issued a statement assuring Cricket Australia (CA) that there were no security concerns for their players in Bangladesh.
On Saturday CA had delayed the departure of the Australian players due to a security advisory given by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Though CA affirmed their commitment to complete the tour as per the schedule, they were concerned for the safety of the players.
BCB Chief Executive Officer, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, asserted that there was no reason to worry about the security as the board is taking all the required measures for the safety of the players.
"As the DFAT advisory update was issued only yesterday therefore CA wishes to gather more information before the arrival of the team which is understandable.
"There is no alarm regarding security as far as we are concerned and we have taken the opinion of all relevant agencies because safety of the Australian team is our priority as it is with all visiting teams to Bangladesh.”
Chowdhury is also confident that Australia will arrive soon and the series will get underway with minimum delay.
"The CA has stated its commitment to the series already in a media release and we are confident that the tour will commence with minimum delay.”
Meanwhile James Sutherland CA chief executive has disclosed that the board is sending its head of security Sean Carroll to Bangladesh in order to assess the situation.
“(CA) Head of Security, Sean Carroll, is on his way to Bangladesh,” said Sutherland.
“He’ll be arriving very shortly to get an understanding of the state of things there.”
Sutherland also believes that the level of security offered to the Australian cricket team will be very high, but a decision on the tour will be taken after Carroll meets with the Bangladesh officials.
“The DFAT advice is for travellers who are ordinary civilians who are travelling on holidays or on business in Bangladesh, which is very different to the Australian cricket team, which is afforded the highest level of security by Bangladesh police and armed forces as well.
“Those things need to be weighed up in the circumstances, (and) that’s why our head of security is over therefrom this afternoon, will have meetings in the next couple of days and we’ll make some calls from there.
“I’ve spoken to my equivalent in Bangladesh.
“They understand our position, they understand that we’ve taken advice from our government and they will go to every length to provide whatever support is necessary, including arranging meetings for our head of security and others.”
The Australia tour of Bangladesh was supposed to get underway with a practice match on the 3rd of October against the BCB XI in Fatullah.
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