The England cricket board has decided to send their security delegation to Bangladesh to review and measure the security for the upcoming tour. Along with this, they will also meet the home minister of Bangladesh Mr. Asad-uz-zaman Khan. The delegation is expected to land here in Bangladesh on august 17, Wednesday. They will also have a word with local security agencies of the UK and Australian high commissions.
This measure has been taken by ECB in the wake of the Dhaka terror attack which took place on July 1 in which 20 people lost their lives. Soon after that, there were speculations that ECB might cancel the tour due to security issues but now they have decided to review the security to be assured of ll the security provided by the board. The delegation of security committee includes ECB’s security advisor Reg Dickason, PCA chief executive David Leatherdale and ECB’s director of cricket operations John Carr.
“We have been in constant communication with the ECB for the past few months, their meeting with the British and Australian High Commissions, the home minister and the security agencies will be of importance.
“Besides, if they want to meet any other top officials of the government, we will get them the appointment. Terrorism is not an issue only in Bangladesh but in many parts of the world like London, Paris or India. But that does not mean sports will be stopped or hampered.”
“We had arranged such a big tournament (U19 World Cup) without any trouble and England sent their team to it. I hope they will take note of that,”
“If Bangladesh has managed to provide proper security to so many teams during the Under-19 World Cup, they should realise that it should be way easy to take care of a single team,”
“We need cooperation from everyone. This tour of England has become a national interest now and I will expect everyone to do their respective duty properly, the accreditation system for this series will be done very carefully and also the entrance to the stadium will have vigilant monitoring,” said BCB’s media chairman Jalal Yunus.
The England team is expected to land here next month on September 30 to play an ODI series constituting of 3 ODI’s which follows two Test matches. From here the England will depart to India to play a test series that is scheduled to be played here.