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Tigers’ tour of Sri Lanka uncertain over security concerns

  • Published at 05:48 pm May 7th, 2019
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The BCB, following the Christchurch incident, has vowed to prioritize security arrangements in the touring countries.

Bangladesh’s scheduled tour of Sri Lanka in July this year has become uncertain as the Bangladesh Cricketer Board (BCB) showed concerned over security in the island nation. The Tigers are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series right after the ICC Cricket World Cup in July.

According to media reports, the BCB is closely monitoring the security situation in Sri Lanka which was rattled last month with a severe terrorist attack. A series of blasts in the island claimed the lives of more than 300 people and left scores injured. Pakistan Cricket Board, following the incident, had called off Pakistan U19 team’s tour of the country for an indefinite period.

Bangladesh, in their tour of Lanka, is scheduled to play three ODIs on July 25, 27 and 29. The Tigers were initially scheduled to travel in December this year but was changed by the BCB in order to slate the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League T20.

"We are concerned about the scenario. We will take advice from our foreign ministry and the Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka. We are also likely to hold talks with the SLC during the Asian Cricket Council meeting later this month," BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted in an ESPNCricinfo report on Tuesday.

Bangladesh’s last away tour of New Zealand in March, was also affected by the security situation of the country. Attacks on multiple Christchurch Mosques made New Zealand Cricket call off the series immediately. Members of the Bangladesh team were lucky by a fraction of minutes as the attack on Al Noor Mosque during a Friday prayer left at least 50 dead. Several members of the team reached the mosque for prayers only minutes after the attack.

The BCB, following the Christchurch incident, has vowed to prioritize security arrangements in the touring countries.