Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 December 12, 2013

SLC to appraise security situation in Bangladesh


Sri Lanka Cricket will commission an independent security appraisal of the political situation in Bangladesh, ahead of Sri Lanka's tour in January and February, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said. The West Indies Under-19 team withdrew from their tour of Bangladesh, on Monday, after a bomb exploded near the team hotel in Chittagong. 

Sri Lanka are due to travel to Bangladesh on January 24 for two Tests, two Twenty20s and three ODIs, and plan to stay on for the Asia Cup, which runs from February 24 to March 7.

"We have to monitor the situation for the next few weeks and take a decision on the tour," Ranatunga told Daily Mirror. "However, we don't want to make hasty announcements right now as Bangladesh is a fellow Asian country which maintains a very good relationship with us. We have to keep in mind that we had a similar situation not so long ago and all our Asian neighbours were very supportive of us.

"But we are in talks with the Bangladesh board. We have to be very careful because of the very bad experience we had in Pakistan before."

Violence has been widespread in Bangladesh since October, ahead of the nation's general elections on January 5. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan played down concerns that political unrest will impact the World Twenty20, scheduled in Bangladesh from March 16, but he had admitted Sri Lanka's tour was at risk.

"The quicker this political situation improves the better because the Sri Lanka tour is in January and then we have the Asia Cup. It needs to be resolved before that," said Hassan, who is also an MP with the ruling party.

The ICC also said it is monitoring the political situation, but Hassan suggested cricket would not be affected. Much of the violence has been between supporters of the two main political parties. 

"I have always appealed to all the political parties to leave cricket aside and I have always received their support," Hassan. "I might appeal again that such things don't interfere with the cricket. There is a bit of political instability, this has always happened, but I don't believe that we have reached a scenario where the games would be called off."

The BCB had asked the West Indies Cricket Board to reconsider their decision to withdraw the Under-19 team, but these appeals had been unsuccessful, and the team left the country.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    everything will be fine ASIA CUP & T20 will host in Bangladesh, may Allah will bless our country and there is only party that Bangladesh Cricket Tigers,

  • Tonmoy on December 14, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    People of government, people from all political parties...more specifically, we the general people love cricket. So why do you guys are becomoing so confused. This always happened with these political parties, but when there is a match of our Tigers they just forget from which parties they are, and they just enjoy the match in tv or stadium. So, the current political situation should not be a major concern both for upcoing series with SRILANKA and T20 WORLD CUP.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Bangladesh has been in turmoil since September and after elections scheduled for early Jan there will be the usual allegations of fraud, rigging and the workers of the losing party take to the streets. Prayers and good wishes aside, I don't see the situation improving unless the Army steps in, even if it is for an interim period, because the two major political parties have failed the electorate time and again.

  • Lakmal on December 13, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    No need to shift the t20WC from Bangladesh.Time will solve the matter..I'm pretty sure about it.Bangladesh deserves to hold the tournament.may Allah bless them to solve the problem soon!

  • Md on December 13, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Cricket will get Bangladesh get together.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    same situation in most of asian countries. mp s of ruling parties ruling the boards due to which some things are compromised . saying that may the condition of BD chnge very soon , n we cud have a good asia cup n better wc in bd

  • mubashar on December 12, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    now they have to shift wt20 to pakistan

  • rubel on December 12, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    This is not a matter of concern... By mid jan everything will be OK.. It's been always little jolt before election.. as soon as the election over everything will be ok..

  • ESPN on December 12, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    We must help Bangladesh if we can. We too ran thru this difficult situation during troubled times. They are our Asian Brothers after all.

  • Shoaib on December 12, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Its because of Politics which will ruin Bangladesh Cricket if nothing improves by the time the elections are over.

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