Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 January 13, 2014

SLC wants Bangladesh tour to go ahead


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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  • Dummy4 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?

  • Janith 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.

  • Sk. on January 15, 2014, 2:20 GMT

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

  • roket 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"!

  • roket 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!

  • Shipu 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.

  • Bangla 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Janith 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

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