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February 1, 2006
Cricket Australia has expressed its satisfaction with the facilities and security measures at both venues in Chittagong for the tour of Bangladesh beginning in April.
A four-member team from Cricket Australia inspected the Chittagong Divisional Stadium (CDS), which the ICC has approved as a Test venue, and the MA Aziz Stadium. They also met with the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) officials to evaluate security measures, which was the main purpose of their visit.
"Chittagong is definitely one of the few cities in the world to have two recognised Test venues," Steve Bernard, the Australian team manager, told The Daily Star. "The Australian officials were very much pleased with the overall arrangements here ahead of their upcoming tour," said Salman Ispahani, a Bangladesh Cricket Board member. "They were particularly happy with the presentation on security by the CMP and liked the CDS venue because of it has beautiful natural surroundings."
Australia will play two Tests and three ODIs at Chittagong and Dhaka during their tour. The first Test begins on April 9.
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