Aussie Cricket Manager Hopeful of Bangaldesh Visit Next Month
Despite the long running pay dispute between the Australian players and Cricket Australia, the Australian cricket authorities are hopeful that the upcoming Bangladesh tour scheduled to start in less than a month’s time will go ahead as per schedule. The series has been in doubt due to the pay dispute which has pitted many top Australian cricketers against the governing body.
“There is obviously a lot of work to be done. But we are hopeful and optimistic that the tour will go ahead,” Gavin Dovey, the Australian team manager told reporters from Chittagong on late Thursday. The future of the series depends on the resolution of a revenue sharing model between the crickets and the board and due to the dispute Australia’s A tour of South Africa has already been cancelled.
The board conceded that it will look to take the road towards independent arbitration if they are unable to reach an agreement. Dovey commented on all these aspects at the end of a four-day tour by the Cricket Australian team to inspect the security arrangements and facilities in Bangladesh. They visited the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong which is the venue for the 2nd Test between 4th to 8th September.
The Australian cricket team is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on 18th August and the 1st Test will be played from 27th August at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. The Kangaroos haven’t played a Test series in Bangladesh since the Ricky Ponting led side toured the South Asian nation in 2006. They were due to tour Bangladesh in 2015 but the tour was called off after attacks by Islamic extremists in a Muslim dominated nation. Aussies also refused to send their team for U-19 World matches in Dhaka.
“We were very disappointed not to come in 2015 but obviously the safety and security of the players and the team is paramount, irrespective of whether we tour to Bangladesh or anywhere else in the world,” Dovey said.
The Aussies were given a tough fight during their previous tour in 2006 when they were the No.1 team in the world. Courtesy a brilliant century by Shaharyar Nafees in the opening Test, Bangladesh ran Australia very close to losing the clash by just 3 wickets.
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