Bangladesh news May 11, 2017

CA security team to visit Bangladesh next week

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Earlier this week, James Sutherland expressed confidence that Australia's Bangladesh tour will take place © Getty Images

Cricket Australia will send a security team to Bangladesh next week as part of the process to finalise arrangements for the team's tour in August-September. Nizamuddin Chowdhury, CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, has said CA will take a call on going ahead with the tour based on the report of the security team.

"Teams like Australia, England and India have certain standard pre-tour activities," Chowdhury said on May 6. "Going by that, Cricket Australia will send a team in the middle of this month. They will check the security arrangements and assess other opportunities. These are standard practices that always take place. Only after this visit can their board officially give them the green signal to come here."

CA chief executive James Sutherland said on Monday that the board is confident the tour will take place given the feedback it has received from its government agencies.

"We're just working through all the details," Sutherland said. "I'm very pleased to be at a stage of really fine-tuning the detail - there are still some things that we need to work through just to lock down on security.

"Once our hosts have locked in dates and the schedule, then from us it's all systems go, subject to any security concerns we might have. From all the research we've done and the work we've done with [the Department of] Foreign Affairs and others through government agencies, we're confident the tour will take place."

Earlier this month, BCB president Nazmul Hassan had said that his CA counterpart David Peever had personally assured him of Australia's participation in the two-Test series during last month's ICC meeting in Dubai.

Australia are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on August 18. The tour will begin with a practice match in Chittagong from August 22 to 24, followed by the first Test from August 27 to 31, also in Chittagong, and the second Test from September 4 to 9 in Mirpur.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  •   FahimAhmed(BengaliBangladeshicricketfan) on May 12, 2017, 17:51 GMT

    Let Australia come.They will face the music of spin then and will get trashing.

  • Tanmoy Kar on May 12, 2017, 12:37 GMT

    Australia will visit Bangladesh this time and may loose the Test Series as well.

  • Mervo on May 12, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    Can we also announce when BD will tour in Australia? That would be fun.

  • cricfan03170336 on May 12, 2017, 9:38 GMT

    This is annoying from aussie... everyone else is playing here.

  • cricfan98841 on May 12, 2017, 8:30 GMT

    If BD can manage to defeat AUS in home, they will gain huge confidence. Afterwards they can attempt to give competition to AUS in AUS and maybe try to win in away conditions. Only due to lack of experience in test matches, BD failed to draw matches in NZ against NZ which would have been a great achievement at the moment

  • mdmamunkhan on May 11, 2017, 21:21 GMT

    waited for a long time last year but didnt happen. hope this year they are gonna really visit. it would be a thrilling series. cause both teams have world class players in their tsquad. finger crossed

  • dunger.bob on May 11, 2017, 21:06 GMT

    I hope the tour happens this time. Bangladesh is a worthy opponent and should be very tough to beat at home. We need as much practice in Asian conditions as we can get and postponing tours isn't the way to get it. .. @ Raz2802: "How about a Bangla security team going to Australia to check things out before a Bang tour?" - No worries mate. Send them over and we'll give them the Cooks tour. It's perfectly natural that they would need to assess the conditions and make sure everything was to their liking before committing to a tour and we have a lot of empathy with that.

  • tanvir_2342 on May 11, 2017, 16:03 GMT

    I'm hoping for the best. want to see the Ausis to visit Bangladesh.

  • Crictz on May 11, 2017, 15:09 GMT

    Last time they came in and was very satisfied with all the preparation and gave BD a green signal....then they went back to Aus and said completely different thing and Aus ended up not visiting BD.....I hope this doesn't repeat....

  • S.m. Tofazzel Hossain on May 11, 2017, 14:35 GMT

    Bangladesh tigers cannot provide the security to Aussies that they will not be defeated ! But our law enforcement agencies will certainly leave no stone unturned to ensure safety!

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