Under-19 World Cup 2016 January 6, 2016

Ireland U-19s take Australia's spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland last participated in the Under-19 World Cup in 2012 © ICC/Getty

Ireland will send a team to the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, taking the place of Australia. Cricket Ireland had indicated on Tuesday that it was likely to accept the ICC's invitation to step in, although it now faces a challenge to arrange logistics with just three weeks until the start of the tournament.

Australia withdrew from the World Cup due to concerns over security, with CA chief executive James Sutherland citing "reliable information suggesting there is a high threat to Australian interests in Bangladesh". Australia's Test team also pulled out of a tour of Bangladesh last year

"Firstly, we are grateful to ICC for extending the invitation to us to participate in the tournament," Cricket Ireland's chief executive, Warren Deutrom, said. "Given the circumstances of the invitation, however, it was important that we used the brief time we had to investigate the safety and security situation in Bangladesh.

"While we are fully aware of the heightened security risk in the country, all we can do is rely upon expert advice, which tells us that the tournament security plan appears very comprehensive - an estimation supported by the independent assessments we have seen. Of course, we shall continue to monitor events and maintain regular contact with ICC in case the situation changes."

Current advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns of a "high threat from terrorism in Bangladesh" and tells British tourists "to remain vigilant and take appropriate safety precautions". Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade suggests visitors to Bangladesh "exercise caution".

Cricket Ireland has also been able to work in conjunction with the ECB and Cricket Scotland, both of which have teams participating in the tournament.

It is not known if any Ireland players have expressed concern about travelling to Bangladesh but, speaking before the decision was made, Deutrom said that the make-up of the squad was yet to be determined and could be influenced by the short timeframe.

"We're dealing with a number of enquiries, from players, parents and staff members, all saying what's happening," he said. "There's an awful lot to digest in a short period of time from a security perspective ... We've been doing our own independent security assessments and we've got to speak to our insurers and that's before we even look at things such as selection - are the players even available, provision of kit, visas."

Deutrom compared the situation with that of the 2014 World T20, which "went off without incident", and said that Ireland had been reassured by security plans drawn up by the ICC and BCB that were of "the same level that would be applied to a senior World Cup".

He added: "As our men's and women's squads discovered during the World T20, Bangladeshi people are incredibly welcoming and passionate about their cricket, so I'm certain our Under-19's will look forward enormously to playing there."

Ireland will replace Australia in Group D and play India in their first match, on January 28 in Mirpur. Nepal, who originally pipped Ireland to the final place at the tournament by winning the ICC Qualifier in October, and New Zealand are the other teams in the group.

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  • raju on January 7, 2016, 5:29 GMT

    hi good chance for ireland

  • rob on January 6, 2016, 21:46 GMT

    Ah, the luck of the Irish.

  • alvi on January 6, 2016, 20:02 GMT

    Welcome Ireland to Bangladesh and Dear Aussie with due respect want to remind you that Australia doesn't play any important role in wold politics. They are not big boys like USA, Russia, China , UK, France or India. So no worries. Ask your embassy how safe is Bangladesh and do proper judgement. Bangladesh is a peaceful country and always will be.

  • Bangla on January 6, 2016, 18:15 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I am hurt to see Australia withdrew from the tournament, and at the same time I respect their decision, and will not question their decision. I would like to request my fellow Bangladeshi fans not to criticize Australia, and be humble, and show respect to their team and fans.

    Ireland, we welcome you warmly to Bangladesh. We wish you have a wonderful experience in this tournament, and safe return to your family! Thank you again, Ireland!

  • Fahad on January 6, 2016, 18:06 GMT

    Too bad for Australia, the world's moving on with no concerns over security. New Zealand and India are lucky though.

  • David on January 6, 2016, 16:05 GMT

    If England, Scotland and New Zealand are going to the World Cup? Why is it a problem? Is their a specific threat to Australia? Didn't Australia play the World T20 World Cup in Bangladesh just a couple of years ago? As far as I know all western countries warn its citizens about traveling to certain parts of the world, it's not uncommon. India and Sri Lanka are probably on that list, so what's the difference? Anyway, it's a great opportunity for the Irish lads! All the best even though it's on short notice!

  • Drew on January 6, 2016, 15:42 GMT

    @DUNWALL Shame on Bangladesh really. That's really all that needs to be said.

  • Baundule on January 6, 2016, 15:35 GMT

    That is a good move by the ICC and Ireland. Good for cricket fans as well. But disappointing for the young Aussies.

  • Rakibul on January 6, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    CA should be fined. In fact, there should be a huge monetary penalty to any country who pulls out of a major tournament while all the other countries do not hesitate at all to participate. Shame on CA. Moreover, it's not like that CA didn't make these kinds of irrational behavior before, they have a historical track record. They SHOULD be fined.

  • Shipu on January 6, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    Ireland were unlucky to qualify: their qualifier group was the toughest of them all. They won all the games except against Scotland hence missed out. ICC must do everything to support Irish and Scottish Cricket. The associate teams must play at least 12 ODIs and 6 T20s a year to keep on growing and improving. I love to see my team (Bangladesh) tour over to Ireland for at least 3 ODIs - it will be a great preparation for the Champions Trophy. In regards to this tournament, Ireland has a much better chance than Australia. The Australian under-19s are pretty overrated at this moment, as the most likely winners are going to be either India, Bangladesh or Pakistan. Their talent pool is actually pretty small. It's a great chance for Ireland to claim a top 10 finish - good luck!!!

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