Bangladesh news December 24, 2013

BCB looks for guarantee over security issues

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Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, will meet the major political leaders of Bangladesh to get assurances that cricket will remain uninterrupted in the country, in a bid to reassure Sri Lanka Cricket, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the ICC over security concerns.

The BCB is keen to have meetings in January and get the guarantees before the ACC and the ICC hold crucial talks early in the month.

Bangladesh are scheduled to host Sri Lanka from January 27, the Asia Cup from February, and the ICC World Twenty20 from March 16.

Bangladesh is currently going through a wave of political violence with the two major political parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, locked in battle over the January 5 elections.

Hassan will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also head of the Awami League, as well as Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of BNP. This is an unprecedented move, but it makes sense given the line-up of cricket series and tournaments to be held over the next four months in the country.

The violence had earlier prompted the West Indies Under-19 team to abandon their tour after one match earlier this month, and the pull-out has understandably raised concern over security in the country.

"Our board president will meet the leaders for the upcoming cricket tournaments," BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. "We are trying to hold the meetings as quickly as possible. There are two very important meetings of the ACC and ICC in January and we hope to receive a positive reply for those meetings."

"We are hoping to receive some kind of formal declaration from the political parties before that as it would help us too clear our stance in front of them during the meeting."

As Sri Lanka are scheduled to be the first visitors in 2014, the BCB will provide the team with extra security, and take tighter measures. "The arrangements will be provided according to the demands. The security agency will take steps according to the risk assessment," Chowdhury said. "We had assured the visiting side that we would be providing security of the highest order after receiving the commitment from the government. We are constantly in touch with the ICC regarding our activities and the security department is working on the security plan."

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

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  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    The Asia Cup in February-March 2014 should be shifted to original host India because if India can shorten South Africa tour from 2 T20s, 7 One Days & 3 Tests to 3 One Days & 2 Tests to accomodate home series against West Indies of 2 Tests & 3 One Days for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test we can also host this. India also have advanced and curtailed New Zealand tour from 1 T20, 5 One Days & 3 Tests to 5 One Days & 2 Tests to participate in Asia Cup. So if Bangladesh is not safe India must host it. The advancement of New Zealand tour have also led to shortened South Africa tour. And I suppose India needed T20s frm both this tours & possibly more T20s because World T20 is around the corner whether it is held in Bangladesh or due to security reason shifted out of Bangladesh & held somewhere else

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @muhammad Jesus .... you call it love when people are burning our flags.? ? your prime minister says their is no place for Pak supporters in bangladesh. so i am asking you do you guarantee the security of Pakistani players in such a hostile nation? do you?

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Bangla getting taste of their own medicine

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | December 26, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Just shift the competition to Australia. Bangladesh can stage the event when they sort their problems out.

  • POSTED BY iNsiDers on | December 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Its not a safe country at the moment.

  • POSTED BY iNsiDers on | December 26, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Bangladesh does not deserve any Sympathy from any country, their tone has suddenly changed when finger is raised to their own country. I remember how they cheated Pakistan by committing to something and then turning their back. Everyone should boycott Bongla.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | December 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    We would have loved to see cricket in BD but poor law and order situation, there is no point delaying the decision to shift to new venues. Even if ICC somehow takes risk for foreign teams, half of the teams will decide not to compete. Just a point to ponder, why risk lives and property of foreign teams. BD can hold these tournemnts in next time around. Its a ongoing thing. No offence .Cheers.

  • POSTED BY LahorePak on | December 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Pakistan enjoyed last Asia cup in Bangladesh, and I was very dissapointed @ PCB decission to not let our players participate in BPL.However, last demonstrations for couple weeks have bring out the hatred for Pakistan. And now I am in full support of PCB cutting all ties with Bangladesh, and request the tournaments be played else where.

  • POSTED BY PK-KID on | December 25, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    ICC should think about it,Just shift world t20 in UAE

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I dont think the Political leaders really care about what is going to happen to our cricket. They will keep doing what they are doing and if the international series gets cancelled they will blame each other, make it another issue and start fighting over it. I think we are about to lose international cricket from our country :(

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    The Asia Cup in February-March 2014 should be shifted to original host India because if India can shorten South Africa tour from 2 T20s, 7 One Days & 3 Tests to 3 One Days & 2 Tests to accomodate home series against West Indies of 2 Tests & 3 One Days for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test we can also host this. India also have advanced and curtailed New Zealand tour from 1 T20, 5 One Days & 3 Tests to 5 One Days & 2 Tests to participate in Asia Cup. So if Bangladesh is not safe India must host it. The advancement of New Zealand tour have also led to shortened South Africa tour. And I suppose India needed T20s frm both this tours & possibly more T20s because World T20 is around the corner whether it is held in Bangladesh or due to security reason shifted out of Bangladesh & held somewhere else

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @muhammad Jesus .... you call it love when people are burning our flags.? ? your prime minister says their is no place for Pak supporters in bangladesh. so i am asking you do you guarantee the security of Pakistani players in such a hostile nation? do you?

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Bangla getting taste of their own medicine

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | December 26, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Just shift the competition to Australia. Bangladesh can stage the event when they sort their problems out.

  • POSTED BY iNsiDers on | December 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Its not a safe country at the moment.

  • POSTED BY iNsiDers on | December 26, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Bangladesh does not deserve any Sympathy from any country, their tone has suddenly changed when finger is raised to their own country. I remember how they cheated Pakistan by committing to something and then turning their back. Everyone should boycott Bongla.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | December 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    We would have loved to see cricket in BD but poor law and order situation, there is no point delaying the decision to shift to new venues. Even if ICC somehow takes risk for foreign teams, half of the teams will decide not to compete. Just a point to ponder, why risk lives and property of foreign teams. BD can hold these tournemnts in next time around. Its a ongoing thing. No offence .Cheers.

  • POSTED BY LahorePak on | December 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Pakistan enjoyed last Asia cup in Bangladesh, and I was very dissapointed @ PCB decission to not let our players participate in BPL.However, last demonstrations for couple weeks have bring out the hatred for Pakistan. And now I am in full support of PCB cutting all ties with Bangladesh, and request the tournaments be played else where.

  • POSTED BY PK-KID on | December 25, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    ICC should think about it,Just shift world t20 in UAE

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I dont think the Political leaders really care about what is going to happen to our cricket. They will keep doing what they are doing and if the international series gets cancelled they will blame each other, make it another issue and start fighting over it. I think we are about to lose international cricket from our country :(

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | December 25, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    General elections are on 5th Jan but all should hopefully ease after that first week. Places like India and Sri Lanka when they last hosted tournaments brought in literally empty stands when it didn't involve their team. But in Bangladesh, even in neutral games you will see at least a good crowd 3/5 filled.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    From cricketing point of view i really hope the matter gets solved soon.BD is an emerging team and a tournament like wc t20 will only help their cause and cricket.Ofcourse security is the most important issue hopefully it will be dealt before the tournament.Best of luck from india for the bangla brothers :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I, personally, am very much optimistic about this entire scenario. It's a good decision by the BCB and I am very much sure that all the political parties will be very much supportive about this sports matter. Cricket, as a whole, is very much appreciated and is the heart of many people. And I would also request all the other countries to be assisting us in getting out of this problem, rather than persuading ICC to change the venue. We have been good hosts and we will hopefully bring out a very entertaining WCT20 and of course, not to forget the Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY Kazi_Rajib on | December 25, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Strongly disagree with them who are thought that Bangladesh is unsafe for Cricket. Bangladesh is the cricket loving country & love the world cricketers too. Bangladesh's politicians are also loving cricket. So no doubt for World T20 2014... Please see the prove: http://www.espncricinfo.com/victory-day-t20-2013/content/story/703463.html

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ TruthWarrior # Sri Lanka !! Funny!!

  • POSTED BY TruthWarrior on | December 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    ..ICC must take a brave decision & shift these events to Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    At present Bangladesh is very unsafe for the international matches to be played there and situations there will be worse even after elections in January 2014. The WI under 19 team left BD because of the turbulent situations and bomb blasts in Dhaka there so how come the other countries will like to send their teams to the same country where they wont like to risk their teams. So better ICC should move the upcoming tournaments esp. Asia cup to either India or SL which are better options and for the T20 WC, SA, India or England!!!! Let the Cricket thrive and flourish at its best!!! Best wishes to all!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    if PCB doesnt come but all other countries come then PCB will be a loser! we do not hate Pak but we love them. Pak is our brother and we love to see them playing in BD. Pak is a good team in the cricket world. ppl love to watch pak playing. brother Malik babu, why not overcome hate with love?

  • POSTED BY MuhammadKashifKhan on | December 25, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Being a Pakistani as well as a general cricket fan, I need answer of the declared statement by BD Govt., that if there is no place for even friends of Pakistan in Bangladesh, then how Pak team can be given a fool proof security during upcoming cricket events in Bangladesh !! Our players are our assets and we know their value...May Allah bless Pak team, aameen

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I don't think PCB should participate in T20 event going to be held in Bangladesh particularly at this point of time. Green shirts were burnt in demonstrations which is a dangerous sign. Better to shift tournament to India or Siri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 25, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    this is the time Bangladesh need support of everyone, hope everything will be settled soon to continue with the tournaments which is to be held in there

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  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 25, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    this is the time Bangladesh need support of everyone, hope everything will be settled soon to continue with the tournaments which is to be held in there

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I don't think PCB should participate in T20 event going to be held in Bangladesh particularly at this point of time. Green shirts were burnt in demonstrations which is a dangerous sign. Better to shift tournament to India or Siri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY MuhammadKashifKhan on | December 25, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Being a Pakistani as well as a general cricket fan, I need answer of the declared statement by BD Govt., that if there is no place for even friends of Pakistan in Bangladesh, then how Pak team can be given a fool proof security during upcoming cricket events in Bangladesh !! Our players are our assets and we know their value...May Allah bless Pak team, aameen

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    if PCB doesnt come but all other countries come then PCB will be a loser! we do not hate Pak but we love them. Pak is our brother and we love to see them playing in BD. Pak is a good team in the cricket world. ppl love to watch pak playing. brother Malik babu, why not overcome hate with love?

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    At present Bangladesh is very unsafe for the international matches to be played there and situations there will be worse even after elections in January 2014. The WI under 19 team left BD because of the turbulent situations and bomb blasts in Dhaka there so how come the other countries will like to send their teams to the same country where they wont like to risk their teams. So better ICC should move the upcoming tournaments esp. Asia cup to either India or SL which are better options and for the T20 WC, SA, India or England!!!! Let the Cricket thrive and flourish at its best!!! Best wishes to all!!!

  • POSTED BY TruthWarrior on | December 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    ..ICC must take a brave decision & shift these events to Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ TruthWarrior # Sri Lanka !! Funny!!

  • POSTED BY Kazi_Rajib on | December 25, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Strongly disagree with them who are thought that Bangladesh is unsafe for Cricket. Bangladesh is the cricket loving country & love the world cricketers too. Bangladesh's politicians are also loving cricket. So no doubt for World T20 2014... Please see the prove: http://www.espncricinfo.com/victory-day-t20-2013/content/story/703463.html

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I, personally, am very much optimistic about this entire scenario. It's a good decision by the BCB and I am very much sure that all the political parties will be very much supportive about this sports matter. Cricket, as a whole, is very much appreciated and is the heart of many people. And I would also request all the other countries to be assisting us in getting out of this problem, rather than persuading ICC to change the venue. We have been good hosts and we will hopefully bring out a very entertaining WCT20 and of course, not to forget the Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    From cricketing point of view i really hope the matter gets solved soon.BD is an emerging team and a tournament like wc t20 will only help their cause and cricket.Ofcourse security is the most important issue hopefully it will be dealt before the tournament.Best of luck from india for the bangla brothers :)