Bangladesh tour postponement is disappointing - Shane Watson
As per a security advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cricket Australia (CA) had delayed the departure of the players on Sunday.
As per a security advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cricket Australia (CA) had delayed the departure of the players last Saturday.
CA also sent a security team to assess the situation in Bangladesh, but after lot of deliberation and discussion with the Australian government and the security agencies, the tour was postponed on Thursday.
Watson feels that the Bangladesh fans will be very disappointed by CA’s decision to postpone the two-match Test series.
“I just found out about the Australian Test tour to Bangladesh being postponed which is extremely disappointing for the Bangladesh fans.
“They are beautiful people (who) absolutely love cricket.
“So to think that the Australian Cricket team is not going to be touring there in the short term is very disappointing.”
Understanding that the postponement was a tough call to make for CA, Watson is hoping that the security issues can be resolved quickly in order to allow the tour in the future.
“Hopefully it won’t be too long until the security concerns are downgraded and there will be cricket tours going back to Bangladesh very soon.
“There are very strict and stringent polices that Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) go through to ensure that the players’ security is paramount.
“I am sure it would have been a very difficult decision for CA and the ACA.
“Cricket is only a game, we love it so much but we would not want to put people into a dangerous situation.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday, issued a media release conveying their disappointment at CA’s decision to postpone the tour.
The BCB did not agree with CA’s view on the security issues and maintained that Bangladesh was a very safe place to play cricket.
As a result of this postponement of the Bangladesh tour, the players in the Australian Test squad will return to their respective states to take part in the 2015 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.
Looking into the positive side of this development, Watson opined that the Matador Cup will be a very competitive fixture this year.
“But on a positive side of things, New South Wales gets a number of Test stars back into their side for the Matador cup,” said Watson.
“It means that the Matador Cup has gotten very strong this year.
“It is going to be a great tournament.”
Watson is currently scheduled to play in the 2015 Matador Cup for New South Wales alongside his former Test teammates Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.
© Cricket World 2015