Tour set to pass the test

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

AUS­TRALIA’S Test tour of Bangladesh has been given a fi­nal se­cu­rity clear­ance as play­ers await the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of their new pay deal.

Both par­ties have come to agree­ment on all the key is­sues with the nuts and bolts de­tail now be­ing set in stone ahead of a joint an­nounce­ment, as meet­ings con­tin­ued long into last night.

The Cricket Aus­tralia board and the Aus­tralian Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive will have to rub­ber stamp the deal, but it’s an­tic­i­pated this would be a mere for­mal­ity with the heavy lift­ing al­ready done.

With the peace pipe be­ing smoked, the Aus­tralian cricket team is set to tour Bangladesh for the first time since 2005, af­ter a pre- tour check gave the green light to se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for the team.

CA’s se­cu­rity head Sean Car­roll and team man­ager Gavin Dovey led a del­e­ga­tion to Bangladesh in the past few days and are com­fort­able that all ar­range­ments are in place ahead of fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion that the tour will go ahead.

Aus­tralia were meant to tour Bangladesh two years ago only for gov­ern­ment ad­vice about se­cu­rity to scup­per the se­ries.

How­ever, Eng­land toured Bangladesh with­out a hitch in 2016 and Aus­tralia are ex­pected to re­ceive the same mass se­cu­rity pres­ence.

“We were very dis­ap­pointed not to come in 2015 but ob­vi­ously the safety and se­cu­rity of the play­ers and the team is para­mount, ir­re­spec­tive of whether we tour to Bangladesh or any­where else in the world,” Dovey told lo­cal press in Bangladesh.

Selec­tors ap­pear to be wait­ing on the MOU an­nounce­ment be­fore declar­ing who the 14th and fi­nal player will be who is added to the squad.

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