ICC ratify Bangladesh as U-19 World Cup host
The ICC has shown faith in the Bangladesh Cricket Board by reiterating that next year's Under-19 World Cup will be hosted by the nation, but stressed on the need for a security plan that satisfies both the ICC and the member countries.
"The [ICC] board confirmed that the Bangladesh Cricket Board will host next year's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup from 22 January to 14 February," an ICC statement said. "As part of this decision, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), working in conjunction with its government, will be developing an appropriate security plan that addresses all security risks to the satisfaction of the ICC's security advisor, working closely with the security advisors for the other Members."
The confirmation should soothe nerves in the BCB as well as among Bangladesh fans, especially after Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa postponed Bangladesh tours scheduled for this month due to safety concerns for foreigners.
The Under-19 World Cup is the next tour that raised doubts among many in Bangladesh. But neither the ICC nor any of the participating nations sounded any concerns about the tournament.
The BCB was awarded the tournament's hosting rights a couple of years ago and had already started preparation, particularly in redeveloping venues across the country.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84