Sunday 26 March 2017

Australia May Tour Bangladesh In 2017


Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has given the strongest indication yet that Australia will play two Tests in Bangladesh later this year.

Australia have not played in Bangladesh since Ricky Ponting’s team toured here in 2006 and, outside major tournaments, the two nations have played just two ODI series against each other in Darwin (2008) and Dhaka (2011) since then, reports

Australia was scheduled to play two Tests and a tour match in Dhaka and Chittagong in October 2015, but the tour was postponed due to security concerns.

But after England toured Bangladesh late last year without incident, having been given an unprecedented level of security, Sutherland is confident Australia will return in August and September this year.

“I think they’re quite high,” Sutherland told ABC radio today of the chances Australia would tour Bangladesh in 2017.

“What we saw at the end of last year was the England team tour Bangladesh and we saw very strong security around the team. We sent our head of security Sean Carroll over to observe for seven to 10 days, just to get a little bit of comfort on the systems and processes that are in place.”

“I suppose anything can happen between now and then and we continue to monitor what happens in Bangladesh, but we work on the assumption that we're going to play and we start to plan accordingly.”

“We certainly get a great deal of comfort from the way the security measures were put in place by the Bangladesh government in conjunction with the cricket board over there.”

“At the moment, I would be assuming that we would be playing two Tests over there. They're tentative dates around August or September, I would think.”

Australia's departure for Bangladesh in 2015 was delayed just 48 hours before they were due to fly out following security advice received from the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

A week later, Sutherland announced that the tour had been postponed indefinitely following information gleaned from DFAT, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and CA's internal security officials, who were working closely with the BCB and Bangladesh authorities in Dhaka.

CA subsequently decided to also withdraw Australia men's team from the ICC Under-19 World Cup that was staged in Bangladesh in early 2016, with Australia the only Test-playing nation absent from the tournament that was won by the West Indies.

While hopeful the tour would go ahead this year, Sutherland said the safety of CA's players and staff was the top priority.



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