Australia Withdraws from ICC U-19 World Cup

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Canberra: Australia has decided to pull from the ICC Under-19 World Cup, to hold in Bangladesh due to concerns over player safety on Tuesday. Last year Australian national cricket team had also postponed their scheduled tour of Bangladesh in October due to security concerns. Cricket Australia (CA) has been constantly monitoring the situation since then. Sean Carroll, CA’s head of security met with cricket and government officials in Bangladesh a week back, before reporting to the details to the Australian board. After consultation with the Australian government this decision has been taken to withdraw from the tournament reports.

Australia was named in Group D for the 16-nation tournament, which was to start in Chittagong on January 27, along with India, Nepal and New Zealand in the group. The 15-man member squad will be traveling to Dubai as per set scheduled for a tri-series of matches against New Zealand and Pakistan, with Australia’s first match on January 10. International Cricket Council after Australia pull out have invited the Cricket Ireland to fill in the position of Australia in Group D. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has assured all participating nations that ICC will ensure safety and well fare of all players, official and have all security measures in place for a successful event to take place.

CA last year was forced to postpone their tour of Bangladesh 2015, due to security reasons. According to a media release in October, the chief executive officer of CA, James Sutherland informed that a ‘recent advice from the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and CA’s Head of Security about an increasing security risk for the Australian team in Bangladesh meant this month’s matches could not proceed’.

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