Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 January 9, 2014

Sri Lanka's Bangladesh tour takes step forward

Mohammad Isam and Andrew Fidel Fernando
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Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh has taken a potentially decisive step forward following a meeting between officials of the two boards in Dubai on Thursday. The BCB said it had been told by Sri Lanka that the tour was on and the SLC, while not explicitly confirming it would send a team, said its final decision would depend on the visit, from January 13, of a security delegation to Bangladesh.

The tour had been in doubt because of security issues caused by political instability in Bangladesh and Thursday's meeting, on the sidelines of an ICC conference in Dubai, was scheduled to smooth out differences.

After the meeting, the two sides issued differing statements, though the substance of both suggested that it was a step towards the tour going ahead.

"Sri Lanka Cricket president Jayantha Dharmadasa has confirmed to the BCB that the Sri Lanka tour is on," BCB's media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, said. "But the SLC's two-member security committee will arrive as per schedule on January 13."

The SLC was more guarded in its response. "We have said we are touring and we have taken the FTP [into consideration], so the assurance is there," SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa said. "At the present time we can't say we're not going, and that's what I told them [BCB]. We have two people going to assess the situation, because it's changing day by day."

The security committee will comprise former CEO Ajit Jayasekara - an air commodore with the Sri Lanka Air Force - and vice-president Mohan de Silva. Incumbent CEO Ashley de Silva had said the board would make its final decision on the tour by January 15, with the team set to depart to Bangladesh on January 24.

It is expected that the security team will discuss details of the tour, including venues. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, one option for the BCB is to cut down on the venues, including possibly - as a last resort - offering to stage all the matches in Dhaka.

The tour is scheduled to begin on January 27 with two Tests, in Mirpur and Chittagong, followed by two Twenty20s and three ODIs.

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  • N.SHISHIR on January 14, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    I'm a Bangladeshi man. I support Bangladesh. But fact is fact. Bangladesh will lose 2 test and T20 matches. Bangladesh will win hardly an ODI game if they try hard.

  • LoftedDrive on January 13, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    I am trying to get my comments in without sucess. It seems that it not be posted if the authors do not agree with my opinion. However, I will not stop posting. Please stop this madness. BD does not have the political climate to hold this series. The safety and future of the cricket is at stake. Postpone or move the series.

  • on January 11, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    cricket is a sports please don't mix political with sports we hope Bangladesh love cricket more then political thanks to 2 boards for make right decisions. from srilanka

  • on January 10, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I hope bangladesh can draw the series, win ODIs and draw the t20's. And lankans please dont worry about security, its not pakistan.

  • mainul079080 on January 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @Ketheez Bkw . You misunderstood my comment mate.Plz read my comment and IPSY's one carefully.I was just poking back IPSY's comment on us .I tried to say that,it is just an insane act if anybody call a test playing nation's bowling as school or collegeboy bowling.Srilanka's bowling attack is better than ours, no doubt.No question to hurt you guys.

  • QTS_ on January 10, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    One crucial deficiency in Sangakara's batting record is the number of centuries he scored outside the subcontinent. Even including the one against ZIM in 2004 (anybody remember the Test results of ZIM in 2004-05?), Sangakara has less than ten centuries outside the subcontinent. Tendulkar, Dravid, Lara and Kallis have more uniform distribution of their centuries (Ponting lags behind in the subcontinent). Sangakara has played some gems outside the subcontinent (e.g. 192 in AUS), but they are too few compared to the other contemporary batting greats. In a way, Jayawardena suffers from the same problem. Therefore, despite his many double tons and bloated average in matches played in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and UAE, Sangakara still has much to prove to be nominated as the second-best after Bradman.

  • on January 10, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    as a srilankan fan, i totally agree with mainul's comment that we are very polite fans. but when u say school attack, thats completly wrong bro. maybe at that time ur batsmans are doing well. dont put your team down by saying srilankan collagr attack. cheerzz

  • PK-KID on January 10, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    SL is in Great Danger if they tour BD,i'll pray for SL players to come back home safe

  • mainul079080 on January 10, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @ PEPSY.School boy bowling? Ha, ha.SL could't win ODI series last time on Srilankan soil against us with 1-1 scoreline. Can you remember? We scored 638 in first innings of first test against srilankan attack. But i wont call Srilankan attack school or college attack, as i am not an insane.I think you are an Indian in disguise of a Srilankan. I know Srilankan fans well. They are by nature very polite and intelligent cricket fan. Please post my comment espncricinfo...

  • SuchaSL on January 10, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @IPSY Sanga already has an average more than Kallis. Sanga's avarage is the highest amoung elite club of more than 10,000 runs. Sanga is the fastest to 8000, 9000 and jointly fastest to 10,000 with Sachin and Lara. He has enough time to become the fastest to 11000 test runs also. Sanga simply the best test batsman in the world after Sir Bradman.

  • N.SHISHIR on January 14, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    I'm a Bangladeshi man. I support Bangladesh. But fact is fact. Bangladesh will lose 2 test and T20 matches. Bangladesh will win hardly an ODI game if they try hard.

  • LoftedDrive on January 13, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    I am trying to get my comments in without sucess. It seems that it not be posted if the authors do not agree with my opinion. However, I will not stop posting. Please stop this madness. BD does not have the political climate to hold this series. The safety and future of the cricket is at stake. Postpone or move the series.

  • on January 11, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    cricket is a sports please don't mix political with sports we hope Bangladesh love cricket more then political thanks to 2 boards for make right decisions. from srilanka

  • on January 10, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I hope bangladesh can draw the series, win ODIs and draw the t20's. And lankans please dont worry about security, its not pakistan.

  • mainul079080 on January 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @Ketheez Bkw . You misunderstood my comment mate.Plz read my comment and IPSY's one carefully.I was just poking back IPSY's comment on us .I tried to say that,it is just an insane act if anybody call a test playing nation's bowling as school or collegeboy bowling.Srilanka's bowling attack is better than ours, no doubt.No question to hurt you guys.

  • QTS_ on January 10, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    One crucial deficiency in Sangakara's batting record is the number of centuries he scored outside the subcontinent. Even including the one against ZIM in 2004 (anybody remember the Test results of ZIM in 2004-05?), Sangakara has less than ten centuries outside the subcontinent. Tendulkar, Dravid, Lara and Kallis have more uniform distribution of their centuries (Ponting lags behind in the subcontinent). Sangakara has played some gems outside the subcontinent (e.g. 192 in AUS), but they are too few compared to the other contemporary batting greats. In a way, Jayawardena suffers from the same problem. Therefore, despite his many double tons and bloated average in matches played in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and UAE, Sangakara still has much to prove to be nominated as the second-best after Bradman.

  • on January 10, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    as a srilankan fan, i totally agree with mainul's comment that we are very polite fans. but when u say school attack, thats completly wrong bro. maybe at that time ur batsmans are doing well. dont put your team down by saying srilankan collagr attack. cheerzz

  • PK-KID on January 10, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    SL is in Great Danger if they tour BD,i'll pray for SL players to come back home safe

  • mainul079080 on January 10, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @ PEPSY.School boy bowling? Ha, ha.SL could't win ODI series last time on Srilankan soil against us with 1-1 scoreline. Can you remember? We scored 638 in first innings of first test against srilankan attack. But i wont call Srilankan attack school or college attack, as i am not an insane.I think you are an Indian in disguise of a Srilankan. I know Srilankan fans well. They are by nature very polite and intelligent cricket fan. Please post my comment espncricinfo...

  • SuchaSL on January 10, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @IPSY Sanga already has an average more than Kallis. Sanga's avarage is the highest amoung elite club of more than 10,000 runs. Sanga is the fastest to 8000, 9000 and jointly fastest to 10,000 with Sachin and Lara. He has enough time to become the fastest to 11000 test runs also. Sanga simply the best test batsman in the world after Sir Bradman.

  • IPSY on January 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Sangakkara has a chance to increase his average above Kallis, the greatest cricketer of the modern era. Hence, Sangakkara has all right to do as his predecessor WHO LOVED SCHOOL BOY BOWLING and take full advantage of the Bangladeshi school boys, who should be grown up by now!

  • on January 10, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka get paid in Bangladesh As they are not very prompt in payment Think about 20/2o World Cup I hope the venue would be some where More suitable place

  • amindenhaag on January 9, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Welcome Sri Lanka!!! Cricket is always welcome in Bangladesh. I, personally, am not thinking about any result for Bangladesh. I am only thinking that this series's success is, for us, to organize successfully the series and let other's know- how passionate BD is, particularly for CRICKET. If SL visit's BD, if we can welcome and provide our best hospitality we will win, doesn't matter any negative result in the Match's for BD. These series is for our pride as Cricket nation, as some of our cricket fan arise question for BD cricket, as some r trying to pointing out something which is injustice for BD like cricket fans................ Because we love cricket, we eat cricket, we sleep cricket, we dream cricket... Best of luck to everybody who r related to finalize this series.

  • WorldWideCricket on January 9, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lanka and welcome to Bangladesh. I also like to thank you our Sri Lankan fans who have shown support for this tour. Cricket is very safe in our country. I can guarantee our Sri Lankan fans that Bangladeshi Security Forces will do their BEST JOB to maintain security of Sri Lankan cricketers and personnel. Sri Lanka have special place in our heart, and even common citizens will not hesitate to protect our guest. Thank you again Sri Lanka, and hope for a tight series. All the best to both teams !

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Sad news for pakistani fans.

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    thx for that sl and best wash ................

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Waiting for nice series!! Welcome to Bangladesh!!

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Welcome Srilanka. Bangladesh is always safe for cricket.

  • Sandance on January 9, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Don't believe in zero tolerance country existence in the world.BD is cricket crazy country.Every single inch will be covered by love,passion & hospitality.SL warm welcome to BD!!

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    thats why i like SL team.they keep aside every thing and always prioritize the good attitude and respect for others unlike some country.when the modern cricket is sick with some teams' unethical politics u r the one who can teach everyone that what is SPORTSMANSHIP

  • bootlicker on January 9, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Beating SL in t20 will be a tough ask

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Im happy to see this tour go ahead as scheduled when security situation calm down. Giving Bang'd team to prepare themselves for Asian cup and T20 World Cup.

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 9, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Its upto bd people to give our team the required security.i hope the situation in bd calm down otherwise wt20 is history in bd.

  • on January 9, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Thank You Srilanka :D

  • on January 9, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Tq SLC for ur support.this is not risky tour we love cricket mouch more then politics .

  • asiacricket1234 on January 9, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    I'd like to thank SLC for standing by us. I understand that some SL fan are worried and after what happened to them before they have reason to be worried too. I want to see BCB giving SL team the best security so their fan and team dont have to worry about security and I hope BD fan will welcome them with warm heart. Thanks Again

  • Shariful-Islam on January 9, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Thank you SL to give us chance to prove that Bangladesh is safe place for crickect.

  • tiger1984 on January 9, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    thanks our lankan frds.............we always cherish good cricket at our home soil

  • sirnayem on January 9, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Thanks to SLC! we are so thankful to you for keeping this tour on. It will help both the countries to prepare for upcoming Asia Cup and T20 world cup.

  • Gautam757 on January 9, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    I wish Bangladesh win & show what they can do again ahead off the ASIA CUP. With Afghanistan too playing this time, it would be an interesting tournament.

  • on January 9, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    we have 100% support for slc from bangladesh

  • Rafelgibt on January 9, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Congrats to BCB for their bold and timely initiatives and thanx to SLC for believing in us......

  • birminghamsanj on January 9, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    cricket is gentlemans game.verygood decisition made by both country's cricket boards.goodnews.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Its show that how big friendship in between SLC and BCB......... we all Bangladeshi are going to respect to Sri Lanka ..... thanks SLC again

  • Lakpj on January 9, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    SLC had made decision which I think is risky but a positive decision and which I don't think any other board would had taken given the current situation. It is now up to BCB and the people of the Bangladesh to prove it right. if some smallest incident takes place during this tour the Asia cup and T20 WC in Bangladesh will just be history.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka team should date their own security personals with them, we don't want to see another Lahore incident

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Good...:) Hope the series will be enjoyable

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    BCB & SLC Cricket board is having great relation ship form beginning, and this time they also proved it again as before! Best of Luck BCB & SLC.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    this is good News for bd cricket instead of too much political Problem, i think cricket has an extra existance in bd People it should be separate from our ugla politics. thanks srilanka to come in bd and Support our as a cricket Nation. the bd People are fitimg against govct not against cricket so srilanka han not Need worry about there security concern.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    most welcome...

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 9, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Excellent news can wait for my be loved Bangladesh game

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Thanks SLC for trusting us..

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  • on January 9, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Thanks SLC for trusting us..

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 9, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Excellent news can wait for my be loved Bangladesh game

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    most welcome...

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    this is good News for bd cricket instead of too much political Problem, i think cricket has an extra existance in bd People it should be separate from our ugla politics. thanks srilanka to come in bd and Support our as a cricket Nation. the bd People are fitimg against govct not against cricket so srilanka han not Need worry about there security concern.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    BCB & SLC Cricket board is having great relation ship form beginning, and this time they also proved it again as before! Best of Luck BCB & SLC.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Good...:) Hope the series will be enjoyable

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka team should date their own security personals with them, we don't want to see another Lahore incident

  • Lakpj on January 9, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    SLC had made decision which I think is risky but a positive decision and which I don't think any other board would had taken given the current situation. It is now up to BCB and the people of the Bangladesh to prove it right. if some smallest incident takes place during this tour the Asia cup and T20 WC in Bangladesh will just be history.

  • on January 9, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Its show that how big friendship in between SLC and BCB......... we all Bangladeshi are going to respect to Sri Lanka ..... thanks SLC again

  • birminghamsanj on January 9, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    cricket is gentlemans game.verygood decisition made by both country's cricket boards.goodnews.