After Australia’s pullout from the Under 19 World Cup to be played in Bangladesh from January 27th, the International cricket Council said that it would continue its preparation for this month’s ICC Under Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh despite Australia withdrawing from the event quoting their concerns about the security issues about the safety about the squad and management.
The ICC announced that it has invited Ireland to replace Australia for the 19-day tournament. Ireland finished as runners-up in the qualifying event in October.
“Whilst the ICC notes and respects the position of Cricket Australia, which we understand is based on an advice received from the Australian Government, we are obviously disappointed with the decision.
“The ICC takes its responsibilities around the safety and security of ICC events extremely seriously. And taking into consideration the full and unequivocal support of the Bangladesh government that has been afforded to us at the highest level and through all local security agencies, the advice we have received from our own and independent security experts, and the robust security plan that has been developed, the ICC remains of the view the it is appropriate for event planning to continue as scheduled,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.
“Naturally, as part of that planning process, the ICC’s own security team, supported by an independent security agency, will continue to monitor closely the situation in Bangladesh, including all travel advisories provided by relevant government agencies.
“Security plans associated with an event of this size and stature are always subject to continual review to ensure that they remain appropriate and fit for purpose, and this event is no different.
“The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is an extremely important event on the ICC calendar, which has a reputation of producing international stars. We remain confident that the ICC, in conjunction with the BCB, will be able to successfully deliver this event in Bangladesh,” Mr Richardson concluded.