The three-member England and Wales Cricket Board delegation visited the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday, on the second day of their inspection tour.
Along with some Bangladesh Cricket Board directors, the ECB team first inspected the Academy premises and then went to the main ground around 1:00pm. Afterward they had a high-level meeting at the home ministry where, according to the senior home affair secretary Dr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan, the ECB delegation showed satisfaction with the arrangement.
The ECB had raised concern over security following the terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1.
It is understood that the visitors noted the arrangements in Mirpur which will be part of the report which decides the fate of England’s tour of Bangladesh which begins in September. England are scheduled to play two Tests and three ODIs in Dhaka and Chittagong. The tour also includes some warm-up matches.
ECB director of cricket operations John Carr, who is part of the three-member delegation, said that the visit is a part of their routine check and final call will come from the board after they submit a report.
“It is always our routine to visit all countries before we tour. We are here for three days, seeing all the facilities – hotels and cricket grounds. We are meeting with the security providers. We are grateful for the BCB and government for their cooperation and assistance. We have been here for more than 24 hours now. We are heading off the Chittagong tomorrow (today),” Carr said at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh hold a very good reputation in hosting big cricket tournaments. Just this year, the BCB hosted the ICC U19 Cricket World and the Asia Cup Twenty20. Both events were completed brilliantly and the oraganisers had fetched appreciation for the effort. England U19 team was part of the World Cup.
Carr said they are very much aware of the provisions with the recent ICC events and they know the arrangement in Bangladesh pretty well given England’s previous visits.
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ECB director of cricket operations John Carr speaks to the media after their inspection in Mirpur[/caption]
“We are aware very much of the provisions of the recent ICC events. Reg Dickason has been with the team in Bangladesh before. We are aware of security provisions in recent times provided by the Bangladesh government,” said Carr.
“We won’t be saying anything specific about findings. We have to go back and report to the ECB before anything is made public,” he added.
Meanwhile, the senior home secretary Dr Mozzaman Haq said, “the ECB delegates showed satisfaction about the security measures and the government has already taken maximum security measures for a possible visit by the England cricket team".
Carr along with the ECB’s security advisor Reg Dickason and Professional Cricketers’ Association chief executive David Leatherdale reached Dhaka on Wednesday after completing their inspection in India where England will travel following their scheduled tour to Bangladesh.