Australia postpone Bangladesh tour over security fear

Cricket team was supposed to fly out on Monday morning for a three-week tour.

Australia had lost the Test series but won the ODI series in England [Reuters]
Australia had lost the Test series but won the ODI series in England [Reuters]

The Australian cricket team has delayed its planned departure to Bangladesh after been warned by the Australian government that there was a potential security risk from militants.

The team was due to fly out of Sydney on Monday morning for the three-week tour, which includes two Test matches against Bangladesh.

But Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Saturday that the team’s travel plans had been placed on hold after Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) warned that militants could be planning an attack.

“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,” CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said in a statement.

“We want the tour to go ahead and are planning for that, but the safety and security of our players and support staff is our number-one priority and won’t be compromised.”

Target: ‘Australian interests’

DFAT, which provides travel advice to Australians planning to go overseas, issued a fresh one on Bangladesh on Friday.

“There is reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh. Australian officials in Bangladesh have been advised to limit their movements in public places,” the DFAT advisory said.

Australia has not played a Test match in Bangladesh for a decade but were scheduled to make their return this year, playing a three-day warm-up match in Fatullah, starting October 3, before back-to-back Tests in Chittagong from October 9 then Dhaka from October 17.

Source: Reuters


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