India travel to Bangladesh for brief test series and the Bangladesh Authorities are trying their best to ensure a safe experience for the Indian players on the tour. The authorities banned provocative banners and also shut down an Islamic seminary which is next to the ground.
Maulana Abdus Shakoor, head of the Rauzatun Saliheen Alim Madrassa the seminary, said that he received a letter from the officials to close the complex for the duration of the test match. He also said that it was the first time he ever got a request like that.
The Fatullah Stadium, the venue for the test match between the teams lat hosted a 5 day game in 2006 when Bangladesh faced Australia. It hosted 5 matches in the Asia Cup in 2014 and a total of 10 ODI’s to date.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) security chief Hussain Imam said that the seminary was asked to be closed for extra security measures taken in wake of the test match starting on June 10th. Shakoor however said that during the Asia cup, they were allowed to run normally and that he was surprised that they were asked to shut down this time.
He explained that classes had to be closed for the 5 days and that he obtained a verbal permission to have only 25 orphans in the premises on humanitarian grounds. This ban was due to an incident when two of the students of the Madrassa’s were arrested for slaughter of an atheist blogger in the middle of the city.
Imam also added that he has restricted any banners or any form of festoons that may be offensive towards the Indians.
Special care has to be taken as earlier in the year, the Bangladesh fans were left furious as few decision in the quarter final of the CWC 15 went against them. Mustafa Kamal the then president of the board went on to say that the umpires were biased. Thus extra security to make sure everything is smooth said Imam.