Cricket Australia recall security team from Bangladesh
Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday has recalled its security team from Bangladesh after they met various government and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials on Monday.
Based on a security advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Saturday, CA had delayed the departure of its players for the Bangladesh tour.
CA then sent a team consisting of their head of security, Sean Carroll, Australian team manager, Gavin Dovey and the team security manager, Frank Dimasi to assess the security situation in Bangladesh.
However, the status quo remains the same as the security team is currently slated to meet various officials in Australia to give their update on the situation.
"Following yesterday's meetings, our Head of Security, team manager and team security manager are on their way home from Bangladesh for further meetings with the DFAT and to brief our Board, Management and players on the situation,” said a CA spokesperson.
After the meeting with the CA security team, the BCB President assured maximum security for the Australian team on the lines of what was provided at the 2014 World Twenty20.
"We've told them (the CA security team) that the cricketers will get VVIP security.
“We also told them, by way of example, about the measures taken during the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.”
The DFAT security update particularly laid emphasis on the areas surrounding the Chittagong Hill Tracts, which are close to the venue of the first Test.
“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts region because of the risk of violence and kidnapping,” said the DFAT security update.
Chief Executive of the BCB, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury has categorically stated that the same facilities will be provided to the Australian team at both the Test venues in Chittagong and Dhaka.
"We will try to have the main matches of the tour be played as scheduled, because there is plenty of planning that goes behind each international match.
"We haven't discussed any issue with regards to Chittagong as a venue.
“We have confirmed the facilities which will be given to them in Dhaka will also be given to them in Chittagong.”
Based on the security advice of the DFAT, the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada and other western countries have also issued upgraded warnings to their citizens currently in Bangladesh.
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