Eng­land to carry on with Dhaka tour as planned

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

BANGLADESH’S cricket au­thor­i­ties on Au­gust 26 breathed a sigh of re­lief as Eng­land an­nounced that their tour to the South Asian na­tion would go ahead as planned.

The tour was thrown into doubt af­ter an Is­lamist ex­trem­ist at­tack on an up­scale Dhaka cafe saw 20 – mostly for­eign – hostages killed, with the Is­lamic State group claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.

How­ever, the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board con­firmed the tour on Au­gust 25, end­ing weeks of spec­u­la­tion over the fate of the se­ries which in­cludes two Test and three one-day matches in Oc­to­ber.

The con­fir­ma­tion fol­lowed a visit to Bangladesh by an ECB se­cu­rity team, which briefed the Eng­land play­ers about the sit­u­a­tion in Dhaka and the port city of Chit­tagong – the venues of the tour.

“I al­ways had a hunch that Eng­land would come and there are a few rea­sons for that,” Bangladesh Cricket Board pres­i­dent Naz­mul Has­san told re­porters in Dhaka.

“Eng­land al­ways sent their team. Even in In­dia, they con­tin­ued play­ing [af­ter the 2008 at­tack in Mum­bai].

“So Eng­land are not a team that bow their head down to ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Naz­mul promised to pro­vide se­cu­rity not just to the team but also to vis­it­ing me­dia and English fans.

“We will ar­range se­cu­rity for them no mat­ter where they are, be it in the sta­dium or next to the ho­tel, wher­ever.

“This is the kind of men­tal readi­ness we have. We be­lieve that there won’t be any prob­lem with re­gards to this Eng­land tour,” he added.

Eng­land are due to ar­rive in Bangladesh on Septem­ber 30, with their sched­ule also in­clud­ing three warm-up matches – one be­fore the ODIs and two ahead of the Tests.

They are set to leave Bangladesh on Novem­ber 2 ahead of a five-Test se­ries in In­dia start­ing the fol­low­ing week.

Aus­tralia can­celled their tour of Bangladesh in Oc­to­ber for se­cu­rity rea­sons and then with­drew their side from the Un­der-19 World Cup in the coun­try at the start of this year.

Eng­land, how­ever, fielded a team in the youth tour­na­ment.

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