Former Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar has urged the International teams to tour Bangladesh. England’s tour to Bangladesh is in serious doubt after the terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1 that led to 20 people being killed by Islamist militants. Bashar said that refusing to play in Bangladesh will be like letting the terrorists win.
“We have organised many tournaments in the past and international teams have come and played here, there has never been a problem. What happened in Dhaka was beyond our control. We never imagined something like this could happen but if teams stop playing cricket here, it will be celebrating the terrorists’ success,” said Habibul Bashar, one of the successful captains (1995-2008) of Bangladesh.
He also expressed his grief and regret over the attack. But at the same time, he reminded every one of the passion about the game among the Bangladeshi fans.
“I deeply regret the occurrence in Dhaka. It is totally unacceptable. We aren’t barbarous, we aren’t killers. I beg people not to draw conclusions about our country by this act because people of Bangladesh aren’t involved in it. Talking about cricket, one knows how the spectators and fans are, they worship the sport,” he added.
After struggling for almost two decades to make a name in the game,it seems Bangladesh are finally making progress. In the recent past, Bangladesh tasted success in ODI cricket against India and South Africa. They even knocked England out of the ICC World Cup last year. Apart from that Bangladesh also hosted a number of ICC tournaments successfully
Bashar said that visiting teams were always provided with the best security in the past.
“In the past tournaments, nobody felt uncomfortable or complained about security in Bangladesh. Whenever a team came to Bangladesh, our government provided the best security,” said Bashar, under whose leadership Bangladesh beat India in the ICC World Cup in 2007.
Bashar urged nations to unite and fight the fear.
“If people come together and stand by each other in such tough times, it will do us good. If teams stop coming to Bangladesh, the terrorists will be successful in their motive to spread fear.
“Since the Dhaka terror attack didn’t concern us, I request teams to come here and continue pre-planned tours. They can come here without fear. It took us a lot to reach where we are today, we have struggled for more than 20 years. If we can’t play on from here, we will have to regret and start from scratch,” urged Bashar.