Michael Clarke hopes Bangladesh tour can go ahead in future
Australia’s tour of Bangladesh was thrown into uncertainty with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issuing an advisory about a specific threat to Western interests in the south Asian nation.
After several meetings between the Cricket Australia (CA) officials and the Bangladesh government agencies, the tour was ultimately postponed.
Clarke reflected on how there was never a problem when he toured the sub-continent nations, where they were always given adequate security.
“Disappointing news to hear that the Australian cricket team won’t be touring Bangladesh.
“I think about my career and I think about how well we always got looked after over in the sub-continent whether it be Bangladesh, India or Sri Lanka.
“(They are) amazing parts of the world to travel while playing cricket.
“There is always extra security.”
Despite assurances by the Bangladesh Cricket Board that the Australian team will be given the same level of security reserved for visiting heads of states, the tour was put on hold by CA.
Clarke agrees that CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) have done the right thing by putting the safety of the players ahead of everything else.
“First and foremost, player safety is the most important thing.
“I am sure that the ACA, Cricket Australia, the DFAT and all the experts would have got together before making this tough decision.”
Understanding the disappointment of the fans in Bangladesh, Clarke reckoned that such incidents will not be a good development for the game.
“It is extremely disappointing for the people of Bangladesh and for the Australian team as well.
“I am pretty sure that all the boys would have wanted to go.
“But it is disappointing for the game.
“Things like this don’t help the game of cricket.
“Hopefully the tour is postponed and not cancelled so that the guys can get there at another stage.”
With the Bangladesh tour postponed, CA have directed the Australian players to return to their respective state sides to take part in the 2015 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.
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