Bangladesh news May 4, 2017

Australia's tour of Bangladesh still hinges on security clearance


Australia have not played a bilateral series in Bangladesh since 2011 © Getty Images

Australia's tour of Bangladesh still hinges on security assessments of the region despite a personal assurance from Cricket Australia chairman David Peever to BCB president Nazmul Hassan that Steven Smith's team will visit for two Tests in late August and early September.

The proposed schedule, ESPNcricinfo understands, has Australia arriving in Bangladesh on August 18, and comprises a practice match in Chittagong from August 22 to 24, the first Test from August 27 to 31 also in Chittagong, and the second Test from September 4 to 9 in Mirpur.

Hassan said he had been given Peever's guarantee during last week's ICC meetings. "The Australia series is final," he said. "Their chairman told me on the last day of the ICC meeting that he will come along with his wife. This was actually the first time they spoke to me about a series or tour. He came up with it, so I am sure they are coming." 

Hassan said the only issue with the schedule was the break between the two Tests due to Eid-ul-Azha, which is supposed to be from September 1 to 3. But that issue, according to him, had been resolved as well.

"The second Test starts on the third day of Eid, so the first one will be held before Eid. The dates are confirmed, but I don't want to mention it now. The issue was a five-day break for Eid, which was too long for them. Then we decided that we can hold the second Test on the third day of Eid. There won't be a long gap."

When asked about Peever's exchange with Hassan, a Cricket Australia spokesman declined to comment, and said the board's earlier position about awaiting security assessments remained unchanged.

The Tests were originally scheduled to be played in 2015 before the tour was cancelled due to a specific security threat against Australian nationals in Bangladesh.

"We are still hopeful of touring Bangladesh in the near future and are working closely with the BCB to look at options, but the safety of players and officials will always come first," a CA spokesperson said earlier this month. "We will continue to monitor advice from ASIO, DFAT and our own security advisors about the security risk for any future tours of the Australian team in Bangladesh and make a decision based on this advice closer to any potential tour."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Peter_The_Average on May 11, 2017, 3:28 GMT

    Hopefully it happens but if the players don't think it is safe they are not going, no matter what the boards tell each other. Pretty stupid of CA to let this tour info out, because of the pay despute the players are unlikely to do Cricket Australia any favours.

  • Pixelated on May 10, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    Australia will definitely tour Bangladesh if the security level remains as it is now. I feel bad for Pakistan, but at the same time people should not ridicule themselves by comparing threat level at BD with that of Pak.

  • Salmon89 on May 6, 2017, 22:31 GMT

    It is not relevant to say Country X toured Country Y therefore Country Z (Aust) should tour Country Y. If people read the articles carefully, there was a specific threat to Australians touring BD at the time of the last proposed tour. However hopefully we get the security clearance & have a competitive series (ideally 3 Tests would be better).

  • Fogu on May 5, 2017, 13:50 GMT

    BD and PK situation are apples and oranges. I am advocate of cricket returning to PK but I also believe each board should review the security situation before making their decision. Aus has every right to refuse if they feel their team will not be secure. I do have issue with making it a financial/political ploy though. IN is just as unsecure as BD, especially in the current environment but I don't believe Aus would think twice about visiting IN.

  • Balochistan Tiger on May 5, 2017, 13:16 GMT

    If England can play 2 test matches in Pak, Aus too can play 2 test series in BD,

  • cricfan05491702 on May 5, 2017, 12:36 GMT

    Welcome Australia. BD are great hosts. We love to party, eat and have a good time, and yes, we LOVE cricket. You'll love it here. There are no better hosts - guaranteed.

  • Daisycric on May 5, 2017, 7:12 GMT

    Aus should not visit Bangladesh, Unless it become safe for International cricket. Player safety is more important than cricket in Bangladesh.

  • cricfan34859590 on May 5, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    AUS shouldn't travel Bangladesh, the same way Bangladesh is refusing to travel to Pakistan for security issues.

  • Daisycric on May 5, 2017, 7:01 GMT

    Aus should not visit Bangladesh, Unless it become safe for International cricket. Player safety is more important than cricket in Bangladesh.

  • Jayzuz on May 5, 2017, 6:43 GMT

    cricfan52680924, it doesn't matter what England did. It rests entirely on the report of the Australian intelligence agencies. It is all about risk. How much risk is there? Even a one in a thousand risk is too high. Pretty much the same with any endevour. You wouldn't step on an aeroplane if there was a one in 1000 risk of it crashing.

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