Australia’s tour of Bangladesh has been delayed due to security reasons.
Cricket Australia has delayed their tour of Bangladesh amid security concerns raised by the Australian government that militant groups may target the tourists.
Australia’s Test team led by newly appointed skipper Steve Smith is due to began his first stint as full-time skipper in their tour of Bangladesh and it seems that he has to wait for a bit more long.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said that recent advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) had identified a potential security risk in Bangladesh.
“We have received advice from DFAT and based on that information we are working with security experts and the Bangladesh Cricket Board on a revised security plan for the tour,” Sutherland said.
“We want the tour to go ahead and are planning for that, but the safety and security of our players and support staff are our number-one priority and won’t be compromised.
“We will wait to receive updated security information early in the week before confirming the team’s travel arrangements.
“In the meantime, we are working with the ACA and keeping our players and support staff fully informed.”
DFAT issued its latest security advice about Bangladesh on Friday, saying there was “reliable information” of a threat to Australians.
The level of alert is one up from the standard “normal safety precautions”. The government warns ” reconsider your need to travel” for the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, a politically unstable mountainous area that borders India and Burma
Australia has not toured Bangladesh since three ODIs in 2011 and has not played a Test there since April 2006 when Jason Gillespie famously scored a double century.
DFAT said Australians should “exercise a high degree of caution in Bangladesh due to the uncertain political and security situation”.
“Australians should be aware that normal travel in many parts of Dhaka is often not possible due to arbitrary acts of violence.
“Bangladesh has experienced a number of terrorist incidents in the past and security agencies in Bangladesh continue to arrest people connected to terrorist organisations. Further attacks are possible, including against Western interests.”
The government website also warns “political violence occurs regularly in Bangladesh” and said political violence in January of this year resulted in “violent incidents, including arson attacks took place across the country, resulting in death and injury”.
Australia is scheduled to play a BCB XI in a three-day warm-up match starting October 3 in Fatullah before the first Test in Chittagong on October 9.
It is currently not known if the matches will go ahead as scheduled