Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 January 20, 2014

SLC secretary expresses satisfaction in BCB security plan


Sri Lanka Cricket has effectively confirmed the tour of Bangladesh will go ahead as scheduled, after secretary Nishantha Ranatunga expressed satisfaction in the security plans prepared for the team's four-week tour. The board had dispatched a two-man security delegation to Bangladesh in the past week , and had found nothing in their consequent report to suggest the tour should be changed.

"From the report that we received, we feel it's safe for our players to go," Ranatunga said. "We had never taken a decision not to go there. We're happy with the way they have presented the security plans, and the commitments they have given."

SLC's executive committee must still provide official confirmation the tour is going ahead, but Ranatunga said the final decision is only a formality, unless the security situation in Bangladesh changes drastically over the following days. The confirmation is due on the January 23, fewer than 24 hours before the team's scheduled departure, the details of which were confirmed via an official release on Monday.

Ranatunga also confirmed the match scheduled for the northeastern town of Sylhet would be relocated, in order to minimise risk for the players. "We asked that that match be moved because it involved too much travelling for the players. We are happy for it to be played at either of the other venues."

SLC had maintained its commitment to the tour throughout the political upheaval in Bangladesh, although it withheld final confirmation as it monitored the developing situation. The security delegation's visit functioned as a final check, as it examined security proposals in Dhaka and Chittangong.

"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," Ranatunga had said.

The tour will comprise two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, after which the Sri Lanka team will remain in Bangladesh for the Asia Cup which, at this stage, is also set to be played as scheduled. Smooth progress of both the bilateral series and Asia Cup are important for the BCB, as an incident-free seven weeks will diminish the possibility of the World Twenty20 being relocated.

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

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  • fahim_28 on January 23, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    thanks to slc from bangladesh :-)

  • dummy4fb on January 22, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    SL team should be: 1. Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Chandi 5. Priyanjan 6. Mahela 7. Mathews 8. Kula 9. Malinga 10. Dananjaya 11. Senanayake 12. Maharoof 13. A. Mendis 14. Seekuge 15. Pradeep/Eranga/Lakmal

  • dummy4fb on January 22, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    @hasib9 It was not SL want to host Asia cup ,It was a decision by ACC .Unfortunate that's the only alternative place they have left for the Asia cup.well if you are still wondering why not in Dubai , there's a rule in ICC only a country that playing can host the game . you guys should be thankful actually SL traveling if it was a country like Oz they would have never ever traveled . Especially SL traveling after getting terrorized in Pakistan by bombs and other stuff , SL have all the rights to say no , cause we know how that fear feels .so learn how to respect others when it's due .

  • BDTigerz4ever_786 on January 21, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    @ali14pakistani, mark my words BD will beat pakistan in this asia cup INSHALLAH:) and series thrash ur expecting is just a dream wake up kid:D

  • ali14pakistani on January 21, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Thrashing expected for Bangladesh.

  • bdsmaruf on January 21, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    bd was always safe and will be safe for cricket.

  • acidrainBD on January 21, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    WELCOME Srilanka, waiting for a giant fight in BANGLADESH. BEST of luck, expect this series will tie

  • Udendra on January 21, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @hasib9: you can't clap with only one hand.

  • dummy4fb on January 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Good decision by SLC in the end. Absolutely no security issues in Bangladesh now, especially when in comes to cricket. I predict a drawn test series, ODI series going to Bangladesh and T20 going to SL. Goodluck to all. Oh and @Legaleagle sorry but your fear mongering is best left for some other place.

  • Legaleagle on January 20, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka should be very careful with this tour. Bangladesh is an unsafe place. Majority of the Western countries have issued warnings for their citizens advising against traveling to Bangladesh. Hope nothing happens.

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