West Indies Under-19s in Bangladesh 2013-14 December 8, 2013

West Indies U-19s withdrawn from Bangladesh tour

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The West Indies Cricket Board has withdrawn its Under-19 team from the ongoing tour of Bangladesh, following an explosion near the team hotel in Chittagong on Saturday. A WICB statement confirmed the decision early on Monday morning, as they looked to ship the team out of Chittagong at the earliest.

"The WICB's decision [to withdraw the team] was taken following consideration of a report on the situation in Bangladesh as prepared by WICB security manager Paul Slowe," the statement said. "The report emphasised that the current security environment in Bangladesh is not conducive to the playing of cricket in light of the 72 hours nationwide blockade and calls for countrywide dawn-to-dusk protest. The State Department of the United States of America has also issued a travel alert to its citizens living in and travelling to Bangladesh.

"Travel arrangements are being made to allow for the team's return to the Caribbean as quickly as possible. The team will remain safely accommodated at the team hotel under adequate security protection until departure from Bangladesh."

On Sunday, following the assurance of "reinforced" security from the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the WICB had said the team was "not targeted and was not in any immediate danger", but it was working with the Bangladesh board, contacting the players' parents, and would provide an update on the situation if necessary.

The second match of the ODI series, scheduled to take place on Sunday, was postponed to Monday, following the incident near the hotel. West Indies had lost the first game, but were scheduled to play seven matches in all in the series.

The pullout is a blow to Bangladesh's immediate future as host of the 2014 World Twenty20s to be held in March. The BCB had only just turned the corner in confirming Sylhet as a prepared venue after much speculation about its completion.

"Security plans for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 have been drafted and are continually being reviewed and updated," an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "As is the case for any event, the ICC is actively monitoring the situation and continues to work closely with the BCB to ensure that informed decisions can be made and that plans are appropriate. As always, the safety and security of all participants in ICC events remains of the highest priority."

Bangladesh's general elections are scheduled to take place on January 5, and there has been continued violence across the country. The intensity has risen since October with numerous political strikes and blockades.

The New Zealand team canceled one training session during their tour in October when Bangladesh's main opposition party called a strike. The tour, however, went through as cricket is usually kept out of the jurisdiction of any political action.

The BCB is yet to make a statement on the issue.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • MENDIS_Forever on December 12, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Feel sorry for Bangladesh... As a Sri Lankan,I wish you all the best to solve the crisis soon.

  • Captainman on December 9, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    The general elections are coming up so of course just with any subcontinent country there will be mass protests, fighting and stuff but why on earth did BCB even agree a series in December knowing the problems in the country right now? hopefully by the beginning of January all this tension will quiet down and can refocus. West Indies did the right thing even though they may have also been afraid of a banglawash since we are 1-0 up and beat them 3-2 in the Caribbean few months back :)

  • Warm_Coffee on December 9, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Well I do not understand why a series has been arranged in December despite it being so obvious that it wasn't safe to hold any sort of series due to the political circumstances but have a slight feeling West Indies were afraid of a 7-0 thrashing since Bangladesh team will surpass them one day but fair enough decision in the end as the political crisis in Bangladesh has just gotten worse but hopefully it will ease out by January.

    @Albert: lool! funny guy Bangladesh posted 500 and 300 if I can recall against New Zealand and thrashed them in a series :P yes Bravo and even Taylor scoring 200 on a flat pitch with dead grass is very impressive.

  • anupkeni on December 9, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    BCCI should also move IPL 2014 out of India as it would be difficult to provide security to players at the time of general elections in India, which would inevitably clash with the IPL in April and May.

  • asiacricket1234 on December 9, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Albert: U do know that our under 19 team won series against WI under 19 in WI right? If we are no where near them how did we win? As for Pak fan: Pakistan is an unsafe country hence we and other country didnt tour. Dont compare your situation with ours. This is election time in our country and all asian country face similar situation during election unlike Pak where this things happens everyday.

  • Rafelgibt on December 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I'm really not getting why WI board has taken such a wrong decision.Its only BAN who provides the Presidential security to all the foreign players and officials.WI-19 was not away from that protocol.Then whats the reason that let them to take such a decision???Really disappointed to WI boards.

  • jbentham on December 9, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @AB Chowdhury Apu: Yes, this is truly a sad day for cricket - just the same as the 3rd of March 2009. Safety must always come first, no matter how safe the public perceives the situation to be. This is very much the case with Pakistan, the public does not believe it to be unsafe to play cricket - however, even minimal dangers must be treated seriously (hence, no cricket in Pak... and now Ban). Hope Ban doesn't lose the the T20-WC, not sure they could bear the financial loses.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Perhaps, WI is right in their stand. But,such a little decision made 100+million fans of Bangladesh cry.Iin Bangladesh,here politics are never mixed with cricket. If u would play,no doubt u would get proper security.May be we r not a developed country, but we always ensure our level best for cricket. We took extra security for u. Even the Police Commisioner & the Board Operation officials also paid a regular visit to ur team.I am pretty sure that, u had no reason to be nervous here, because it is not Pakistan.We have a reputation for hosting and for treating foreigners. We r a poor country, but we never compromise to facilitate "More Than The Best". No country can claim that, we have bad reputation with foreigners. Though our politics is now in a little danger,but we r a peaceful nation & we feel happy to host foreigners. After All. WE ARE SORRY WICB .

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    This is a very sad moment for the cricket loving people of Bangladesh. But this is not the beginning, hope this is an accident! And please do not call "no cricket land" like Pakistan! We are in crises period, but it will solve very very soon. So do not worry about upcoming international series or T-20 WC 2014.

    @Altamash.Baig, why do you blame us for not sending Bangladesh Cricket team in Pakistan tour? Can you remember what happened to the Sri Lankan players in last series in Pakistan? Only SL team went to help you but you how you treat them! Very sad. I personally think, you should wait some more time to create a stable situation and then arrange international match in Pakistan. Hope we will participate there.

  • CrICkeeet on December 9, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    BCB is lucky that its a U-19 tour. Their next SL tour nd ASIA Cup will b important.. If they can manage INDIA in the ASIA cup just before WC then nothing 2 worry! bt if india withdraw nxt year only then it'll b a prblm nd a huge one...

  • MENDIS_Forever on December 12, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Feel sorry for Bangladesh... As a Sri Lankan,I wish you all the best to solve the crisis soon.

  • Captainman on December 9, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    The general elections are coming up so of course just with any subcontinent country there will be mass protests, fighting and stuff but why on earth did BCB even agree a series in December knowing the problems in the country right now? hopefully by the beginning of January all this tension will quiet down and can refocus. West Indies did the right thing even though they may have also been afraid of a banglawash since we are 1-0 up and beat them 3-2 in the Caribbean few months back :)

  • Warm_Coffee on December 9, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Well I do not understand why a series has been arranged in December despite it being so obvious that it wasn't safe to hold any sort of series due to the political circumstances but have a slight feeling West Indies were afraid of a 7-0 thrashing since Bangladesh team will surpass them one day but fair enough decision in the end as the political crisis in Bangladesh has just gotten worse but hopefully it will ease out by January.

    @Albert: lool! funny guy Bangladesh posted 500 and 300 if I can recall against New Zealand and thrashed them in a series :P yes Bravo and even Taylor scoring 200 on a flat pitch with dead grass is very impressive.

  • anupkeni on December 9, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    BCCI should also move IPL 2014 out of India as it would be difficult to provide security to players at the time of general elections in India, which would inevitably clash with the IPL in April and May.

  • asiacricket1234 on December 9, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Albert: U do know that our under 19 team won series against WI under 19 in WI right? If we are no where near them how did we win? As for Pak fan: Pakistan is an unsafe country hence we and other country didnt tour. Dont compare your situation with ours. This is election time in our country and all asian country face similar situation during election unlike Pak where this things happens everyday.

  • Rafelgibt on December 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I'm really not getting why WI board has taken such a wrong decision.Its only BAN who provides the Presidential security to all the foreign players and officials.WI-19 was not away from that protocol.Then whats the reason that let them to take such a decision???Really disappointed to WI boards.

  • jbentham on December 9, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @AB Chowdhury Apu: Yes, this is truly a sad day for cricket - just the same as the 3rd of March 2009. Safety must always come first, no matter how safe the public perceives the situation to be. This is very much the case with Pakistan, the public does not believe it to be unsafe to play cricket - however, even minimal dangers must be treated seriously (hence, no cricket in Pak... and now Ban). Hope Ban doesn't lose the the T20-WC, not sure they could bear the financial loses.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Perhaps, WI is right in their stand. But,such a little decision made 100+million fans of Bangladesh cry.Iin Bangladesh,here politics are never mixed with cricket. If u would play,no doubt u would get proper security.May be we r not a developed country, but we always ensure our level best for cricket. We took extra security for u. Even the Police Commisioner & the Board Operation officials also paid a regular visit to ur team.I am pretty sure that, u had no reason to be nervous here, because it is not Pakistan.We have a reputation for hosting and for treating foreigners. We r a poor country, but we never compromise to facilitate "More Than The Best". No country can claim that, we have bad reputation with foreigners. Though our politics is now in a little danger,but we r a peaceful nation & we feel happy to host foreigners. After All. WE ARE SORRY WICB .

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    This is a very sad moment for the cricket loving people of Bangladesh. But this is not the beginning, hope this is an accident! And please do not call "no cricket land" like Pakistan! We are in crises period, but it will solve very very soon. So do not worry about upcoming international series or T-20 WC 2014.

    @Altamash.Baig, why do you blame us for not sending Bangladesh Cricket team in Pakistan tour? Can you remember what happened to the Sri Lankan players in last series in Pakistan? Only SL team went to help you but you how you treat them! Very sad. I personally think, you should wait some more time to create a stable situation and then arrange international match in Pakistan. Hope we will participate there.

  • CrICkeeet on December 9, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    BCB is lucky that its a U-19 tour. Their next SL tour nd ASIA Cup will b important.. If they can manage INDIA in the ASIA cup just before WC then nothing 2 worry! bt if india withdraw nxt year only then it'll b a prblm nd a huge one...

  • Kazi_Rajib on December 9, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Really sad & bad deceision made by WICB. Bangladesh is a cricket loving country. No threat for any stage of cricketer's in Bangladesh. So please comeback.

  • InsideHedge on December 9, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    A real pity for both sides. Let's hope the situation is much calmer post Jan elections. Going by the hysteria of the opening match of the 2011 WC, the upcoming T20 WC will be a big hit with the fans, I can even see matches not involving Bangladesh at capacity crowds, we haven't had that since the 1987 WC. Back then, the match between NZ and Zim, played at Eden Gardens, was attended by 70K fans.

  • on December 9, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Sad. A really sad day for Bangladesh cricket. First, it was Pakistan that became a 'no cricket land" - no one willing to play in that country. Now its Bangladesh turn as the country's never ending political turmoil keeps tearing the nation apart. We seem to have no sense of how a civil society runs or functions. Law and order, the very foundations of any civilisation has long ceased to exist or matter. Until we realise that laws have to be respected and enforced, that no one is above the law, this country will just self-destruct. At this time we seem to be intent on doing just that. Those in power have little love for the land or its people. How else can they explain their tyrannical behaviour, all with one goal in mind: hang on to power, no matter what.

  • Alphabaig on December 9, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    The right decision was made. It is ironnc that this time no Bangladeshi court ordered to cancel the tour.

  • Cricket_Only on December 9, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    What goes around comes around. Now feel the lonely world of cricket. Atleast Pakistan is fortunate to have a home in MEA..........TAIRA KEEYA BANAIGA KALIA

  • on December 9, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    What kind of people are living in that part of the World? What a shame, this has certainly robbed fans of cricket entertainment and they might also join Pakistan as the other nation that may not get the chance to see another competitive cricket match..,

  • samincolumbia on December 9, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Good decision by WICB! BCB assurances are empty words.

  • DarindaUK on December 8, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    What a loss for our 160 million people. I just hope our beloved The Two Great Leader Madam Hasina and Khaleda have some sympathy for us cricket lover. Hope ICC don't withdraw the T20 World CUP as well. Shame on us Bangali.

  • on December 8, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    This is rediculous! There was no danger at all but WICB made such a secession, strange!

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Good decsion from WICB as bangladesh was cancle there tour to pakistan due to stiution every team have to cancle there tour to bangladesh ... And also WC

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    I was fearing for something like this. May Allah save our Cricket and upcoming cricketing events as well as the big-hearted, outraged nation from the intoxicated outcome of nasty power politics. Ameen.

  • Albert_cambell on December 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Very good decision from WI. These players are the future for WI. So their safety is important. We have already witnessed one of their U19 batsman Darren Bravo showing his class in NZ. These BD youngsters are nowhere near his class. HE alone scored a double hundred in NZ, whereas BD struggles to post 200 as a team in NZ.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    It was not a great time to schedule a tour especially for the young ones at a time of some turmoil happening in Bangladesh. Safety first but i feel their was an element of resignation that Bangladesh U19 would thrash WI U19

  • asiacricket1234 on December 8, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Well another blow for Bangladesh. I think Bangladesh will face the same situation as Pakistan. I dont see T20 WC Being held in Bangladesh. We rarely get to play any cricket and now if we dont get to play at home what is going to happen to us?

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  • asiacricket1234 on December 8, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Well another blow for Bangladesh. I think Bangladesh will face the same situation as Pakistan. I dont see T20 WC Being held in Bangladesh. We rarely get to play any cricket and now if we dont get to play at home what is going to happen to us?

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    It was not a great time to schedule a tour especially for the young ones at a time of some turmoil happening in Bangladesh. Safety first but i feel their was an element of resignation that Bangladesh U19 would thrash WI U19

  • Albert_cambell on December 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Very good decision from WI. These players are the future for WI. So their safety is important. We have already witnessed one of their U19 batsman Darren Bravo showing his class in NZ. These BD youngsters are nowhere near his class. HE alone scored a double hundred in NZ, whereas BD struggles to post 200 as a team in NZ.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    I was fearing for something like this. May Allah save our Cricket and upcoming cricketing events as well as the big-hearted, outraged nation from the intoxicated outcome of nasty power politics. Ameen.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Good decsion from WICB as bangladesh was cancle there tour to pakistan due to stiution every team have to cancle there tour to bangladesh ... And also WC

  • on December 8, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    This is rediculous! There was no danger at all but WICB made such a secession, strange!

  • DarindaUK on December 8, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    What a loss for our 160 million people. I just hope our beloved The Two Great Leader Madam Hasina and Khaleda have some sympathy for us cricket lover. Hope ICC don't withdraw the T20 World CUP as well. Shame on us Bangali.

  • samincolumbia on December 9, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Good decision by WICB! BCB assurances are empty words.

  • on December 9, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    What kind of people are living in that part of the World? What a shame, this has certainly robbed fans of cricket entertainment and they might also join Pakistan as the other nation that may not get the chance to see another competitive cricket match..,

  • Cricket_Only on December 9, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    What goes around comes around. Now feel the lonely world of cricket. Atleast Pakistan is fortunate to have a home in MEA..........TAIRA KEEYA BANAIGA KALIA