Australia-Bangladesh Test Series Cancelled Due to Security?

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Australia’s two-test series against Bangladesh is unlikely to go forward as top security and intelligence are still doubtful about concerns over the team’s security. According to Cricket AU, “Cricket Australia’s security entourage have with the upper echelons of Bangladesh’s National security” to decide on the future of the series.

With no decision made till now, it seems the Australian side has been grounded till further talks today. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and national security organisation ASIO have suggested that there are “reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests” in Bangladesh.

CA head of security Sean Carroll, team manager Gavin Dovey, and team security manager Frank Dimas headed after failing to reach conclusive talks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The team was scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on Monday but the Qantas tour of Bangladesh was kept on hold following threat concerns released by the United Kingdom Government.

According to ESPN CricInfo, the Bangladesh Cricket Board is hopeful about the series and has already named their squad for the upcoming first test on Oct. 9 with Mushfiqur Rahim as their Captain.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan, vice-president Mahbubul Anam and chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, at the Australian High Commission, put out a statement claiming Bangladesh to be a safe destination.

After their meeting with Carroll, the statement says, “They have information that Australian interest is under threat but that is not confined to Bangladesh, it is also in other neighbouring countries.”

The BCB insists that matches should go according to the schedule sighting a lot of planning behind each International Match. Cricket Australia authorities are still considering their decision on the tour.

Praising the Bangladesh side on their recent achievements against top teams, the Australian High Commissioner says, “The Australian government very recently issued an update travel advice communicating additional guidance on safety and security in Bangladesh. The result of that is that we are here discussing these safety and security measures with the Bangladesh authorities.”

The Bangladesh side has recently upset big teams like New Zealand, Pakistan, India as well as South Africa on their home turf.

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