Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 January 13, 2014

SLC wants Bangladesh tour to go ahead

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Sri Lanka Cricket has reaffirmed its commitment to the tour of Bangladesh even though a canceled tour may bring the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 to Sri Lanka. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said the board will not compromise on player security but is otherwise eager to support its Asian neighbours. Sri Lanka is believed to be among the reserve hosts for both those tournaments.

"Player security is what we are most concerned about, but if we tour Bangladesh, we can help ensure the region stays strong from a cricketing perspective," Ranatunga said. "In Asia, we have a situation currently where we can't tour Pakistan. Even though a tournament could be moved, in the long-term it is better for us that the region remains strong. Bangladesh has a cricket-loving public and it's important that cricket is played there, if possible."

SLC has monitored the security situation in Bangladesh during the past weeks, but has maintained its willingness to send a team throughout the upheaval. Its final decision on the tour is expected by January 15, and is subject to the findings of a security delegation that arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday. The Sri Lanka team is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on January 24.

The board's enthusiasm to send its team is also driven by an element of reciprocity, Ranatunga said. "In the past we have had problems in our country as well, but during that time, Bangladesh were happy to tour. As long as there is no risk to our players, we would like to support the BCB as well."

The Sri Lanka team had been victims of a terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009, and Ranatunga had earlier said the board would play close attention to any possible security threats. SLC has received advice from the Sri Lankan High Commission in Dhaka in the lead-up to its final decision.

The two-member security unit will visit Mirpur on Tuesday and meet the local security authorities on the following day. One of the two men will stay back in Dhaka for the January 20 World Twenty20 security assessment meeting with the rest of the participating boards and the ICC.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here; Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on January 16, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    SLC has always been kind to us & stood by us when we needed the most. Thanks for the support and your kindness :)

  • Prabuddha on January 16, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    @Ali Agha Rizwan - Have you forgotten what happened to SL team in Pakistan? How can you really ask for a second chance?

  • King_Ravanaa on January 15, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    TherisingTeam & r0ketman... Ok no need to drag this useless argument, and i'm not here to whine about we are superior and so on. i did not say they are not improving yes really they are improving. unlike early days they are not that easy pray (in ODI's) people use to see. but still there's so many areas to improve for them, so many distant to travel. that's only what i have mentioned. Bad blood has pumped during the series before, may be because of the fault of both parties, hope this time around things won't be the same.

  • skwalid on January 15, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    why r u people thinking negetive...be psitive..here u go by schedule... 1.SL will come 2.test sl1-bd0 2.t-2- sl1-bd1 3.odi sl1-bd2

  • r0ketman on January 14, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @JPNANA: Again coming back to "learn English" part, in my post I was refering to NZ A team (Which had no national team players, as they were in BD) beating SL A team captained by none other than Chandimal. NZ scored 350 runs against SL frontline bowlers (Lakmal et all), and won on a full 50 over game, rain did not save SL. The series you are refering to was ODI vs NZ and SL. So again you failed to "read" before responding, yet you are quick to advise others to "learn English"!

  • r0ketman on January 14, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    @JPNana: Speaking of learning English, did you even read and comprehend what TheRisingTeam said in the first place? Your statement about BD was unnecessary, no one said BD was superior to SL before you went on to bash BD without reading or being able to comprehend a statement that could not have been written in any more rudimentary manner! And yes, I call being beaten at home by C team of any country, even in a single match, a Thrashing! Specially when the national squad of that same C team was losing 3-0 (absolute thrashing) in the hands of the team you claimed to be inferior!

  • TheRisingTeam on January 14, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Yes Sri Lanka team has achieved impressive things and Bangladesh hasn't and Sri Lanka have always been the much better team but you cannot deny the improvement of Bangladesh Cricket now. Its all jealousy to me that "top 8" is being under threat for once. I'm not here to argue or anything.

  • WorldWideCricket on January 14, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    @Faakhir Mehmood : Brother, we never beat Sri Lanka in TEST, but we drew a TEST with giant Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, and that is the inspiration for our team. It does not mean that this time we are going to beat Sri Lanka in Bangladesh. Not a single Bangladeshi fan is disrespecting Sri Lanka and their past record, and that is why we keep saying that if we want to beat Sri Lanka in TEST, we have to play very very good cricket, they are not "walk in the park". You are right that we should not argue, and we both should respect each other as fan. It is just a game, not a war. ODIs will be very competitive as we are better side in ODI (compare to our TEST side, not compare to Sri Lanka). And we beat them few times in ODI, so winning ODI series against Sri Lanka will not be too much ask.

  • on January 14, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Guys please don't get emotional. So far Bangladesh has never been able to beat Sri Lanka and that's where the arguement should end - Who knows what may happen in future, but we'll see when that happens! Bnagladeshi wickets generally offer low slow turners and it will be an exciting contest...who knows it may end up at 1-1! Untill then Bangla lions' supporters need to calm down, show some sobriety and a little and respect to Sri Lnkan past record.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 14, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @r0ketman. Do you even know the term called, "thrashing" mate? why do you guys have same record to play everytime. Nathan Mcculums one rare performance in a rain hit match, where score reduced and we had to ball in a slippary condition, yeah they have won, where first match was completely washed out and later 3rd one was won by us, where we thrash them winning by a huge margin, 1-1 series drawn, is it a thrash??, learn English mate. later against a series with South Africa we beat them 4-1. and that's my friend is called "thrash". Does that make SA a bad team? no everyone has to go in rough times. it does not make SA bad or SL bad when they beat in some games, cause they always make a comeback in next time. that's what good teams do.

    i just told still long way to go. is it wrong? over estimation about your self won't do any good for you. so real question is, do u know where you really stands? cause we know who we are

  • on January 16, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    SLC has always been kind to us & stood by us when we needed the most. Thanks for the support and your kindness :)

  • Prabuddha on January 16, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    @Ali Agha Rizwan - Have you forgotten what happened to SL team in Pakistan? How can you really ask for a second chance?

  • King_Ravanaa on January 15, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    TherisingTeam & r0ketman... Ok no need to drag this useless argument, and i'm not here to whine about we are superior and so on. i did not say they are not improving yes really they are improving. unlike early days they are not that easy pray (in ODI's) people use to see. but still there's so many areas to improve for them, so many distant to travel. that's only what i have mentioned. Bad blood has pumped during the series before, may be because of the fault of both parties, hope this time around things won't be the same.

  • skwalid on January 15, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    why r u people thinking negetive...be psitive..here u go by schedule... 1.SL will come 2.test sl1-bd0 2.t-2- sl1-bd1 3.odi sl1-bd2

  • r0ketman on January 14, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @JPNANA: Again coming back to "learn English" part, in my post I was refering to NZ A team (Which had no national team players, as they were in BD) beating SL A team captained by none other than Chandimal. NZ scored 350 runs against SL frontline bowlers (Lakmal et all), and won on a full 50 over game, rain did not save SL. The series you are refering to was ODI vs NZ and SL. So again you failed to "read" before responding, yet you are quick to advise others to "learn English"!

  • r0ketman on January 14, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    @JPNana: Speaking of learning English, did you even read and comprehend what TheRisingTeam said in the first place? Your statement about BD was unnecessary, no one said BD was superior to SL before you went on to bash BD without reading or being able to comprehend a statement that could not have been written in any more rudimentary manner! And yes, I call being beaten at home by C team of any country, even in a single match, a Thrashing! Specially when the national squad of that same C team was losing 3-0 (absolute thrashing) in the hands of the team you claimed to be inferior!

  • TheRisingTeam on January 14, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Yes Sri Lanka team has achieved impressive things and Bangladesh hasn't and Sri Lanka have always been the much better team but you cannot deny the improvement of Bangladesh Cricket now. Its all jealousy to me that "top 8" is being under threat for once. I'm not here to argue or anything.

  • WorldWideCricket on January 14, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    @Faakhir Mehmood : Brother, we never beat Sri Lanka in TEST, but we drew a TEST with giant Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, and that is the inspiration for our team. It does not mean that this time we are going to beat Sri Lanka in Bangladesh. Not a single Bangladeshi fan is disrespecting Sri Lanka and their past record, and that is why we keep saying that if we want to beat Sri Lanka in TEST, we have to play very very good cricket, they are not "walk in the park". You are right that we should not argue, and we both should respect each other as fan. It is just a game, not a war. ODIs will be very competitive as we are better side in ODI (compare to our TEST side, not compare to Sri Lanka). And we beat them few times in ODI, so winning ODI series against Sri Lanka will not be too much ask.

  • on January 14, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Guys please don't get emotional. So far Bangladesh has never been able to beat Sri Lanka and that's where the arguement should end - Who knows what may happen in future, but we'll see when that happens! Bnagladeshi wickets generally offer low slow turners and it will be an exciting contest...who knows it may end up at 1-1! Untill then Bangla lions' supporters need to calm down, show some sobriety and a little and respect to Sri Lnkan past record.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 14, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @r0ketman. Do you even know the term called, "thrashing" mate? why do you guys have same record to play everytime. Nathan Mcculums one rare performance in a rain hit match, where score reduced and we had to ball in a slippary condition, yeah they have won, where first match was completely washed out and later 3rd one was won by us, where we thrash them winning by a huge margin, 1-1 series drawn, is it a thrash??, learn English mate. later against a series with South Africa we beat them 4-1. and that's my friend is called "thrash". Does that make SA a bad team? no everyone has to go in rough times. it does not make SA bad or SL bad when they beat in some games, cause they always make a comeback in next time. that's what good teams do.

    i just told still long way to go. is it wrong? over estimation about your self won't do any good for you. so real question is, do u know where you really stands? cause we know who we are

  • on January 14, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    then my question is if team Srilanka is supporting Bangladesh, then why not also Pakistan for a tour.

  • i_golam on January 14, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Bangladesh is a total safe country when it comes to cricket !! No doubt about it !!! Players Security is not at all a issue any more ... because we love our cricket stars & the foriegn stars as well //

  • WorldWideCricket on January 14, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    @JPNana: Where did you see that "TheRisingTeam" claimed BD was stronger/superior to SL? I read his comments many times but could not find anything like that. It is you who is trying to put BD down. We all BD fans know that SL is stronger team and "TheRisingTeam" also said same thing. Why did you have to jump in to put BD down? Do you think putting BD down would make SL world beater? SL is stronger than BD, no doubt about that, but they are not world beater yet in TEST. Please learn from your other fellow SL fans how to respect others.

  • on January 14, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    The Bangladeshis love their cricket . we will have Political violence in any part of the world and hopefully when Sri Lanka step in to Play Cricket with their Bengali counterpart it will unite people divided between political parties . Its the right decision by SLC as they stood by their Bengali friends at a time of crisis.

  • r0ketman on January 14, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    @JPNana: Your insistence in proving that BD is vastly inferior (a fact according to you everyone should know) tells the story. I thought your comment was funnier than what TheRisingTeam said. He did not claim BD was superior to SL, yet you had to jump in a forcefully make a statement about BD. It is apparent SL fans know how vulnerable their team is now, and BD on the other hand is improving. The proof was in BD's last tour of SL. If it was evident that BD can not be compared to a top team (I am assuming you count SL as a top team), how come SL was not able to thrash BD last year on their own soil? NZ B team was traveliing SL , and thrashed SL A team, during the same time when NZ national squad was being humiliated in BD two months ago!! Yeah, we know where our team stands. Do you??

  • on January 14, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket may not be world class at the moment but they are slowly improving with all their T20 leagues and other local contests by inviting international players. A mistake that the visiting teams continue to make is by taking the hosts easy and that gives Bangladeshi team to surprise the opponent. Sri Lankans will have a good time though, because low bounce and turn on Bangladeshi wickets will suit Herath & Co. Good luck to both teams. From a Pakistani fan!

  • hasan_eee on January 14, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi i know the current situation of our country.Every day i walk out there but i dont fell unsecured.so why u people out there are so worried about the security.i know better than u that the condition of our country is not like pakistan and it never was that.as a friend of ours we appretiate ur secrifice.Respect to all SRILANKAN.

  • on January 14, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I think we all asian teams should support each other like other part of world cricket support each other.sri Lanka should send their team after security satisfaction . Pakistan is a victim of terrorism. We will always miss cricket in Pakistan

  • on January 14, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Bangladesh security is not the same as before. I think they should play in UAE

  • on January 14, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Thanks to SLC for supporting BCB and BCB will remember your kindness for ever, Also BD fans will love your team until cricket die in Bangladesh,

    Wish you a safe success series.

  • Balumekka on January 14, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    I am a SL fan and I think this is a very good move by SLC. We must help our BD brothers by visiting there. We were having same security issues for 27 years and because many teams, specially our Subcontinental friends, helped us, we are still playing international cricket.

  • on January 14, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I really don't understand why people are making so much noise about security situation in Bangladesh. The issue in Bangladesh right now is political agitation and not terrorism(like Pakistan) and it is a normal thing to happen in any democratic country. And Bangladesh has had a history of such political agitations and I don't think it has ever affected cricket in past. I think Bangladesh is capable enough and passionate enough for cricket to ensure proper security for visiting cricketers and fans if any.

  • on January 14, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Why not in India. The season is good, the pitches are perfect and I am sure security is on the better side if not for the $s!

  • SL_rockz on January 14, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Good to support a asian country when they are in trouble.But what happens if BD put our players security down ??? we cannot guarantee it wont.Coz it has once happened to us in Pak...We went with the same good intent but they failed to protect us....No one can bring back sanga ,mahela,rangana,kusal or any other one if somethng had happened to them..So i m in a doubt whether this series should go or not....No any personal issues with BD..But for our own safety...

  • SarfBD on January 14, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Thanks Sri Lanka. We love you. You are and always will be my second team...

  • Third_Gear on January 14, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Thanks SLC for remembering the support BCB extended in early days to them. The current situation in Bangladesh is fullu poilitacl there is no terrorist links involved to those things,so Pakistan and Bangladesh matter is totally different. Still BD people knows how to protect their guests and full proof security will ensured beyond doubt. RAB the elite security force will be enough to make a secure series. Good luck to both the teams, I hope BCB-SLC tie continue forever.

  • bdsmaruf on January 14, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    thanks slc to support us. we love you.

  • stormy16 on January 14, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    In as much SLC wants to assist Asian cricket, Bangladesh ETC I would suggest opt out of this tour as there are other options - like SL. The last time SL went along this path the players narrowly escaped death and lets face it, no one should be taking that risk to play cricket. I would suggest to support Asian cricket, the Asia cup be go ahead in Bangladesh and the Asian block as a whole stand with Bangladesh.

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 14, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    @Jpnana,you got to give a team credit where it is due.BD has performed well compare to top teams in last 2 years.they also gave decent fight in srilanka.iam srilankan.but you got to give BD respect for their recent performence.

  • on January 14, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Player security is what we are most concerned about, but if we tour Bangladesh, we can help ensure the region stays strong from a cricketing perspective and Bangladesh has a cricket-loving public said by Ranatunga. Respect to Mr. Ranatunga!!!

  • cat-becomes-tiger on January 14, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Thanks SLC. That's why we support lions after tigers.

  • on January 14, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    all teams should play in bangladesh these peoples realy love cricket

  • on January 14, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Playing in the ground of Bangladeshi is always fascinating to the rest cricket world. Huge facility, crowd, security and hospitality in a compact disc. Absolutely respect goes with as usual gentle Sri-Lankan Cricket Board and team as well. Here you go for another exciting and successful tournament.

  • supunbandara89 on January 14, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    we always support our asian brothers as we did in 2009 tour pakistan.but our big brother,india should be concern others problems more than this..we dont forget who helped us in past..thats y in 2009,we took that much of risk and went to pakistan to ensure that playing cricket can possible in pakistan...bt unfortunately it was failed..

  • on January 14, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Thanks to SLC and Specially Ranatunga, we are all young generations are with all of you guys to continue smooth cricket tour in Bangladesh. We love cricket as long as Bangladesh Cricket Team. Best of luck Bangladesh Cricket.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 14, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam... You support your team, it's your right. but one thing is to clarify, whole world knows where your beloved team stands. amazing and funny you did not know that. stop compare with other top teams, long long way to go still.

    BTW good move by SLC, as i said earlier as well, Bangladesh need our support, we helped them earlier giving the coaches and stuff, and we will do the same thing to help them in their difficult times. i don't think no body want to see another country wiped out from the Cricket world map, like what happen to Pakistan.

  • on January 14, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    This is the most noble thing to do by SLC, despite knowing that two high profile tournaments would have to come back to Srilanka, and imagine the world of good the two tournaments would do , looking at the financial crisis the SLC is in.Despite that, they have vouched for Bangladesh saying Asia would miss out on another important host.This is something really special and selfless.The board represents the brand of cricket some of the gentlemen of the game like Sangakkara has displayed through the years.

  • on January 14, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    All well and good to promote cricket in BD and keep the Asian presence strong. Never compromise the safety of our players. Is BD a safe place to send our players? Is security acceptable? I do not think so at the moment. It is fine for administrators to play big. It is our boys and the support staff who are in the forefront of any developments. We have not forgotten Pakistan have we? If there are any security concerns the tour must not go ahead. Safety first, diplomacy must not take priority.

  • on January 14, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Good stuff all around :) Happy for the decision as a Sri Lankan

  • MH19 on January 14, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan this is very good gesture and we support SLC and also Nishantha Ranatunga who knows the trouble and deilemma sri lanka went through due to tamil tiger terrorism for 30 years.Nishantha was in his playing hey days during the tamil tiger terror time and also his brother Arjuna Was the captain of SL cricket during trouble time.We had Australia/ West Indies/ NZ/ England refusing to come to SL to play cricket and also depriving the cricket loving public and the game due to tamil tiger terrorist.SL should sigle handedly help Bangladesh and Cricket lovers of that country to ensure the tour goes ahead and also T20 and Asia cup also to be played in Bangladesh.

  • on January 14, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Thank you our Sri Lankan friends for your support. We welcome you all to enjoy our warm hospitality.

  • on January 14, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    India and Pakistan should learn from Sri Lanka. India and Pakistan act like Bangladesh does not exist and barely extends anything to help our situation ever.

    One thing they need to realize that they were on the same shoe not long ago and Bangladesh is actually doing lot better than them if you compare with what Pakistan and India did at the stage Bangladesh are now. I would like to see "Bangla Wash" inflicting to these 2 countries in the very near future. I guess then they will recognize and acknowledge Bangladesh. Thanks to SLC again for their kind support!

  • on January 14, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    thank u, Sri Lanka !!!!!! U R most welcome to Bangladesh .

  • on January 14, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    good decision by the SLC. Hope PAK will come to BD as they are one of the top teams in the world. BD should extend it's help for PAK and go to play there. Although, there are violence in the PAK I think with enough security BD will not get any problem there

  • on January 14, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Thanx to SLC board from the deepest part of my heart.we bangladeshis will never forget this moments..I've become a Big srilanka fan from now on thanx again

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on January 14, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    What a great gesture by Sri Lanka! They are the true gentlemen. "Other" asian countries can learn a lot from them.

  • on January 13, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    so the thing is,they can support each other but they cant support pakistan and the cricket there is resting in peace,No country and not even ICC gives a worth to revive cricket in pakistan

  • on January 13, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    unfortunately BD doesnot return favors or remember anyone who may have offered them support ot favor....its unfortunate what is taking place in BD due to stupid politics...

  • vik-expert on January 13, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Please BCB put some effort. We have already see disaster in Pakistan few years back. If there is a issue BCCI should give them their grounds or arrange series in Sri Lanka.

  • TheRisingTeam on January 13, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Bangladesh is safe. Visiting team(s) will always get the best security in Bangladesh. Cannot wait for this series as it will tell us where both teams stand. No doubt it will be tough as Sri Lanka are on a high against Pakistan so we need to play good and sensible Cricket to stand a chance. Have a funny feeling though the pitches for test games will be flat anyway.

  • i_amVIVA on January 13, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Kudos to the Sri Lanka nation for their progressive support. Now the Tigers and the Lions can live together, play together, and build the cricket empire in the Southwest Asia. Brother takes care of brother, it'll be great for the region once the big brother in the area takes note of such caring attitude to Cricket as the SL. Only Cricket would be the winner in such a phenomenon.....

  • WorldWideCricket on January 13, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    My fellow Bangladeshis, please do not speak bad against Sri Lankan fans or their teams. We have lot to learn from their cricket and their fans. Once again they have shown to the world that they are the BEST. They are our true friends. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

  • on January 13, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    I wish same could happen Pakistan.

  • WorldWideCricket on January 13, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Thank you, SLC! To All SL Fans: You guys are wonderful. Thank you Sri Lanka !

  • on January 13, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    well done SLC we need help when our neighborhood in trouble that's great news

  • Herath-UK on January 13, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    All should hail the altruistic stand taken by the SLC here;it is not just reciprocity in helping a friend, there lies the benefit of staging an asia cup & a WC in Sri Lanka if the SLC cancel the tour on the pretext of security.It is a noble decision by a country upholding the values of a noble religion. Ranil Herath _ Kent

  • on January 13, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    I think it should be moved away from Bangladesh to SL. Bangladesh just cancelled a tour to Pakistan for security reason. All the teams should do the same

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on January 13, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    It's very nice to see all these comments from both SL and BAN fans. Love them. This is the thing that we need. :) btw well done SLC. They were always there with us. And now it's our turn. We'll be right there with Bangladeshis. Good luck for the both teams and thier pleasant Fans. Enjoy!

  • Farhan020328 on January 13, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    @ rajithwijepura - Bangladesh will never forget this piece of caring and friendly attitude by Srilanka. Among all the cricketing nations, I believe, Srilanka is the most supportive one foe BD cricket development. Thanks to all the Lankan friends :)

  • nibir78 on January 13, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Thanks to SLC for the kind words and steps in this regard. Situation in Bangladesh started to be stable from last few weeks. Bangladesh team would love to play against Sri Lankan team at home ground and expecting a good fight from both team. By organizing a successful event hope BCB/Security Agencies/People of Bangladesh ensure, Sri Lankan team and supporters great hospitality for which we are usually known for and that we also receive at Sri Lanka.

  • on January 13, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Cricket is sports, loved by both government and opposition, regardless of religious base, ethnic base, etc. Why would we not show our deepest respect to SLC brothers. Things will be great and okay. Love cricket.

  • rajithwijepura on January 13, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh cricket would provide our cricketers presidential level security during the tournament.

  • rajithwijepura on January 13, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Unlike some other big countries who dont even offer Test matches to the Bangladesh Srilanka is one of very few countries who willing to offer their support for Bangladesh. I hope Bangladesh people remember these moments.

  • on January 13, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Well done SLC it is good decision for both team lions vs tigers lets hope nail biter seris all around- from srilanka will win

  • on January 13, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Thank you very much SLC......

  • British_North_America on January 13, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Welcome to Sri Lankan Brothers.

  • on January 13, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Friend is need is a friend in deed.. SL was in this situvation some times back and asian neighbours came to rescue when few teams refused to come to CMB..

  • on January 13, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play in the finals in WC

  • yorkslanka on January 13, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Excellent decision by our board. As long as the safety of our players is not risked, we should always support our neighbours as they have done the same for us in the past.

  • on January 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    I can guarantee you as a Bangladeshi, representing the whole Bangladesh.. Our people loves cricket and they will never attack a cricketer... if anything happens, its sole responsibility will be on a foreign group of people who wants to destroy our flourishing Cricket environment and team progress...

  • on January 13, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Yes its a grt news that our Cricket is on the way.......we love cricket more then everything.Now its time to arrange it & njoy every game....

  • on January 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    We have great amount of respect for Sri Lankan people and their Cricket.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 13, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    you will get our fans support during the asia cup and world t20 for sure. you are very welcome to tour our country. looking forward to the series. best of luck.

  • Kazi_Rajib on January 13, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Well made decision by the SLC.. That will be turn out for very exciting game here in Bangladesh!!

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I know how much Bangladesh people love cricket and my country men touring will mean so much. I am sure the Dhaka people will treat Mathews and Co very warmly. We Lankans must stand by Bangladesh in this juncture as they stood by us in tough times. May I take this moment to wish Bangladesh the very best of success as a cricket nation.

  • Rezaul on January 13, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Thats the spirit, Ranatunga! I am sure SL team will get full support from the gallery during Asia Cup and World T20. Bangladeshi people are crazily waiting for the tour to go ahead. And looks like all political chaos are over now in Bangladesh, as election is completed, new government has taken charge, opposition called off all strike/blockade. So, nothing to be worried.

  • on January 13, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    I recommend that supporters from both nations should not speak ill of each other. Sri Lanka, thanks so much for this... if we dont win any of the tournaments, we will support you in both cups!

  • on January 13, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    we give you 100% support in up coming asia cup or world t20

  • on January 13, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    good news forAsian cup and wc t20.

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  • on January 13, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    good news forAsian cup and wc t20.

  • on January 13, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    we give you 100% support in up coming asia cup or world t20

  • on January 13, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    I recommend that supporters from both nations should not speak ill of each other. Sri Lanka, thanks so much for this... if we dont win any of the tournaments, we will support you in both cups!

  • Rezaul on January 13, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Thats the spirit, Ranatunga! I am sure SL team will get full support from the gallery during Asia Cup and World T20. Bangladeshi people are crazily waiting for the tour to go ahead. And looks like all political chaos are over now in Bangladesh, as election is completed, new government has taken charge, opposition called off all strike/blockade. So, nothing to be worried.

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I know how much Bangladesh people love cricket and my country men touring will mean so much. I am sure the Dhaka people will treat Mathews and Co very warmly. We Lankans must stand by Bangladesh in this juncture as they stood by us in tough times. May I take this moment to wish Bangladesh the very best of success as a cricket nation.

  • Kazi_Rajib on January 13, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Well made decision by the SLC.. That will be turn out for very exciting game here in Bangladesh!!

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 13, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    you will get our fans support during the asia cup and world t20 for sure. you are very welcome to tour our country. looking forward to the series. best of luck.

  • on January 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    We have great amount of respect for Sri Lankan people and their Cricket.

  • on January 13, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Yes its a grt news that our Cricket is on the way.......we love cricket more then everything.Now its time to arrange it & njoy every game....

  • on January 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    I can guarantee you as a Bangladeshi, representing the whole Bangladesh.. Our people loves cricket and they will never attack a cricketer... if anything happens, its sole responsibility will be on a foreign group of people who wants to destroy our flourishing Cricket environment and team progress...