Tigers hope Eng­land tour Bangladesh

Lesotho Times - - Sport - — Reuters

DHAKA — Bangladesh is hope­ful Eng­land will go ahead with their planned tour of the South Asian coun­try later this year de­spite Fri­day’s at­tack by gun­men at an up­mar­ket Dhaka restau­rant that left 20 dead.

A spokesman of the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board has said the ECB would fol­low govern­ment ad­vice on the trip to Bangladesh for three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and two tests from Oc­to­ber 7 to Novem­ber 1.

“It is a very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent for Bangladesh. We never imag­ined such a thing could hap­pen in this coun­try,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) pres­i­dent Naz­mul Has­san told lo­cal me­dia.

“I have seen Eng­land’s re­ac­tion, which is quite nor­mal. We would have done the same thing if we were in their po­si­tion.

“Even af­ter the Paris at­tacks, the game didn’t stop there. Sport will go on. Eng­land are com­ing af­ter three months, by which time the sit­u­a­tion in Bangladesh will get bet­ter.”

BCB chief ex­ec­u­tive Niza­mud­din Chowd­hury was not avail­able for com­ment to con­firm if they had re­ceived any com­mu­ni­ca­tion from their English coun­ter­parts.

Se­cu­rity con­cerns have been a ma­jor is­sue in the re­gion, starv­ing Pak­istan of in­ter­na­tional sports at home while the Aus­tralian cricket team post­poned their Bangladesh tour last year fol­low­ing a warn­ing from their govern­ment.

“It’s very hard to say which place is safe and which is not,” Has­san added.

“What­ever the sit­u­a­tion is, I’ve al­ways said that our se­cu­rity has to be strength­ened. We have to pro­vide max­i­mum se­cu­rity. I don’t see any rea­son why sport should be stopped.”

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