Australia delay Bangladesh trip over security concerns


Melbourne: Cricket Australia says it has delayed the departure of its test team for a two-match tour of Bangladesh due to concerns about the side’s safety and security. Chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement late Saturday that recent advice from a range of Australian government sources had identified a potential security risk to Australian interests in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nizam Uddin Chowdhury stressed that there is no problem with security in the country and that the safety of the traveling team will remain priority as always. “There is no alarm regarding security as far as we are concerned and we have taken the opinion of all relevant agencies because safety of the Australian team is our priority as it is with all visiting teams to Bangladesh,” Chowdhury was quoted as saying.

Australia were due to leave for Bangladesh on Monday but that has been indefinitely delayed after Cricket Australia adhered to the warnings issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) regarding the safety of the touring players and support staff. Chowdhury however, is hopeful that the tour will go on with minimum delay.As per schedule, Australia plays the first of the two Tests against Bangladesh in Dhaka from October 9.