We have left no stone unturned - BCB President
President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Nazmul Hassan has iterated that the board has left no stone unturned in making the most stringent security arrangements for the Australian team.
Cricket Australia (CA), after receiving a security update from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has delayed the departure of the team to Bangladesh on Sunday.
CA also sent a team to assess the security situation and meet the top BCB and government officials regarding the militant threat notified by the DFAT.
However, there has been no concrete response from CA on whether they will continue with the tour or if they will announce fresh dates.
Over this uncertainty that has clouded the series, the BCB has issued a statement stating that they have a proven track record of successfully hosting major tournaments without security issues.
“Bangladesh has a proud and established track record in hosting the highest level of international cricket including elite events like the ICC Cricket World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20.
“It is worth mentioning that during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 (March-April 2014), when the risk which was assessed by Australia was of a higher level to what is at present, safety and security was successfully provided to 24 men’s and women’s teams including the Australian men’s and women’s squads as well as to officials and guests who arrived for the event.
“It was a far greater challenge to host international cricket and provide full-proof safety and security during that period for the Bangladesh Government and the BCB which was handled astutely and professionally.”
Hasan has also assured the Australian team of providing the same level of security that visiting heads of states receive in Bangladesh.
“We have left no stone unturned in providing assurance regarding security for the Australian team.
“The Bangladesh Government has committed additional security on top of the substantial and elaborate arrangements in the BCB’s standard Security Plan for international cricket.
“For the team (Australia) the level has been confirmed as VVIP which is equivalent to security accorded to Head of States and is unprecedented for any international side.”
Hasan is also hoping that the CA will shortly announce revised dates for the tour, as the fans and the players are looking forward for an exciting series between the two teams.
“We are still hopeful that a fresh date for arrival of its team will be declared by CA and we will see some exciting cricket on the ground soon.
“The cricketers, fans and everyone associated with cricket deserve that.”
With extensive efforts put by the BCB into making security arrangements, Hasan finds no reason for the tour not to proceed.
"Risks of untoward occurrences and threats are an unfortunate reality in today’s world and can happen anywhere.
“That is why we have placed utmost importance on preventive methods and action.
“We firmly believe that there is no reason for this tour to not go ahead after the extensive effort that has gone into the security arrangements.”
With the members of the Australian Test squad having joined their respective state sides for the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, the tour has plunged into further uncertainty.
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