Bangladesh news December 24, 2013

BCB looks for guarantee over security issues


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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  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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?

  • dummy4fb on December 27, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Bangla getting taste of their own medicine

  • 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.

  • iNsiDers on December 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Its not a safe country at the moment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 :(

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