After inspecting the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium, one of the international cricket venues in Chittagong, the three-member delegation of England Cricket Board (ECB) said they felt positive.
During their short visit on Friday, they visited the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium, the MA Aziz stadium and held a meeting at the CMP Headquarters.
Along with a seven-member team of Bangladesh Cricket Board, the ECB delegation inspected the main ground and surrounding areas of the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium around 9:30am and held a meeting with CMP Commissioner Iqbal Bahar around 11:00pm.
“Basically we had been recently in Chittagong for the ICC event and we know the facilities as well,” ECB Director of Cricket Operations John Carr told reporters.
Along with Carr, ECB’s Security Advisor Reg Dickason and Professional Cricketers Association Chief Executive Leatherdale were present.
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BCB General Manager Nizamuddin Chowdhury says the visit is a routine matter. (Credit: Rabin Chowdhury)[/caption]
Carr said: “We have come from India in regards to the England cricket team tour. We are not making any comment regarding security details and will submit a report to our board back in the UK.”
“We had great cooperation from BCB, the Bangladesh government and security operators here,” said the ECB high official.
The ECB had raised its concern over security measures after Bangladesh's first ever militant attack and hostage situation in Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1. England are scheduled to play two Tests and three ODIs in Dhaka and Chittagong. The tour also includes some warm-up matches.
BCB General Manager Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the reporters that the visit of ECB delegation team is a routine matter and they had earlier gone to India.
“We have presented all of our security arrangements and logistics support before them and the ECB knows well about the facilities of the Chittagong grounds,” said Nizamuddin adding that they would inform government if the delegation needs anything else apart from the security plan.
“We hope a successful tour will be held after the England team comes to Bangladesh,” he added.
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England are scheduled to play two Tests and three ODIs in Dhaka and Chittagong. (Credit: Rabin Chowdhury)[/caption]
Claiming to hold a fruitful meeting with the ECB team, CMP Commission Iqbal Bahar told the reports: “The members of ECB delegation team are happy, scrutinising the detailed security plan and CMP will provide highest security to the players.”
He said RAB and police would jointly provide security for the motorcade of the players and two specialised team of CMP-SWAT and Quick Response Team would also work for players’ security.
“We believe the England team will come to Bangladesh after they [ECB delegation] submit their report,” the commissioner said.
After the meeting, the ECB team went to the MA Aziz stadium and inspected the ground and later paid a visit to the Hotel Radisson Blue, Chittagong, where the England team is scheduled to stay.
BCB Senior Vice President Mahbub Anam, Board Director HI Mallik, Manager (operations) Sabbir Ahmed, National Manager (grounds and facilities) Sayed Abdul Baten were present during the visit.