Bangladesh hopes Eng­land tour will go ahead

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

DHAKA—Bangladesh is hope­ful the planned visit of Eng­land later this year will go ahead de­spite the mass killing of for­eign­ers at a restau­rant in Dhaka over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to Bangladesh Cricket Board pres­i­dent Naz­mul Has­san.

Eng­land are sched­uled to ar­rive in Bangladesh on Septem­ber 30 to play two Tests and three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als.

Af­ter the ter­ror at­tack which left 18 for­eign­ers dead, a spokesman for the Eng­land Cricket Board told ES­P­N­Cricinfo that they would act on gov­ern­ment ad­vice be­fore mak­ing fi­nal de­ci­sion on the tour.

Has­san said he hoped that the sit­u­a­tion would im­prove be­fore the sched­uled start of the tour.

“The re­ac­tion that Eng­land gave was very nor­mal,” Has­san said af­ter his re­turn over the week­end from the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Eng­land.

“We would have done the same... you would prob­a­bly no­tice that sports did not stop even af­ter the ter­ror at­tack in Paris. Sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties went ahead at their own pace. We have still three months left be­fore the Eng­land se­ries.

“I don’t think the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion will per­sist that long in Bangladesh. It’s tough to say which place is safe. Even Eng­land may not be a safe place af­ter three months.”

Has­san said the au­thor­i­ties would “strengthen se­cu­rity mea­sures” dur­ing the tour.

“If we can en­sure the high­est se­cu­rity, sports will not stop in any coun­try,” he added.

Australia pulled out of a tour of Bangladesh last year based on gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity ad­vice.

The West Indies’ Un­der-19 side also aborted a tour in 2013 fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion near their ho­tel in the south­ern city of Chit­tagong.—AFP

The Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner, Mr Thomas Drew CMG, and his wife Joanna, met Pak­istan’s na­tional women cricket team in Bris­tol, ahead of their T20 match against Eng­land.

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