Chittagong: Security blanket around the Australian cricket team has been amped following an incident on Monday where the visiting side’s bus was attacked with a rock while returning to the team hotel.
Cricket Australia (CA) have suggested that the rock could have been hurled by another vehicle, creating concern for the local authorities considering the last time Australia didn’t tour the country was because of security.
In 2015, Australia cancelled their tour of Bangladesh due to security fears and also withdrew from the U-19 World Cup last year. The incident happened when the team was on their way back to the hotel from the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong after the first day’s play in the second Test.
“En route back to the hotel last night a window on the Australian team bus was broken. No one was injured in the incident,” CA security manager Sean Carroll said in a statement. Team security personnel are currently in discussion with local authorities while they investigate the cause, which is believed to have come from a small rock or stone,” he said.
The Bangladeshi authorities, while taking the matter seriously, said it could have been an accident rather than an incident. Chittagong division police commissioner Mohammad Iqbal Bahar said another vehicle alongside the team bus could have kicked up a loose rock, which hit the window.
“We inquired into it yesterday. Construction works are going on along the route and one of the escorting vehicles sent the rock flying into the window of the team bus,” Bahar was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) issued a statement on Tuesday, on the second day’s play, stating they were co-coordinating with the security agencies to ascertain facts.
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is aware of the report of damage to a window of the Australia Cricket Team’s bus while returning to the hotel from the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury
Stadium in Chittagong following the end of play on day one of the second Test on Monday.”
“The BCB has taken this matter with utmost seriousness and a high-power committee has been formed by the concerned security agencies to investigate and find out the facts.”
“The Board has been in constant communication with the Australian Cricket Team management.
As added assurance, security measures have been enhanced on the travelling route of the teams. The Australia Cricket Team has expressed its satisfaction and comfort with the security operation in place and has appreciated the response from the BCB and the local authorities following Monday’s incident,” said the statement.
Bangladesh is currently facing a humanitarian crisis with nearly 90,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence across the border in Myanmar. Additionally, the country has also suffered periodic attacks by militants, often against foreigners, liberals and religious minorities.Australia trail the series 0-1 after losing the opening Test in Mirpur by 20 runs.