World Twenty20 2013-14 January 15, 2014

ICC to meet on World Twenty20 security


The ICC will, next week, meet key stakeholders in the World Twenty20, to be held in Bangladesh in March-April, to discuss security-related concerns following the spate of violence in the country over the past few months. The meeting, to be held in Dhaka on January 20, will be attended by security consultants from various participating countries, the ICC's security manager Sean Norris - who will coordinate the meeting - and senior officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and representatives of the national government.

The World Twenty20 is the third and last of a series of international cricket events in Bangladesh over the next few months, all of which are still to be finalised. A decision on the Sri Lanka tour is expected over the weekend while there is a question mark over Pakistan's participation in the Asia Cup, which is scheduled to be held before the World T20.

The concerns from the teams have emanated from the steady violence throughout Bangladesh from last October till a week after the general elections which concluded on January 5. It has already impacted cricket: the touring New Zealand side skipped a training session late October due to the strike called on October 27 and, in December, the West Indies Under-19 team left a tour of Bangladesh midway following an explosion near the team hotel in Chittagong.

The general elections, held on January 5, seemed to have stemmed the violence; the last week has been calm with few incidents reported and it is understood that the BCB will stress at the meeting that conditions are likely to return to normal. Norris has arrived in Dhaka and has visited a few of the stadiums, including the Fatullah Cricket Stadium where he went on Wednesday.

At the meeting, the advisors will be shown the presentation of the security framework put in place by the Bangladesh government, BCB and the ICC. "We have sent a security plan to the participating nations. We will present it at the meeting, and if anyone has queries, we will answer to that," BCB's acting chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCB will be coordinating with a cell at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police for the overall security of all three upcoming events.

Paul Marsh, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations, said that the players were concerned about the risk element and hence it was absolutely necessary to get an independent and clear view. FICA has appointed ECB security consultant Reg Dickason's company Eastern Star International as an advisor. Dickason will double up as the independent expert at the ICC security meeting next week and submit his report to FICA.

FICA, March told ESPNcricinfo, was interested in getting a threat assessment of the tournament from an independent security agency on behalf of the players and the individual player associations.

"There is still time between now and the event but what we are asking is to get an overview on the situation in Bangladesh at the moment," Marsh said. "The ICC and BCB will, I am sure, put forward an international view at the meeting which will be considered by our advisor. But it is our advisor who will recommend us as to whether it is safe or not to go."

Additional reporting by Mohammad Isam

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    @anoopshameed : There is no anti-Indian comment here and no one blamed India for this matter either in this post. What are you complaining about? We know India backed us for the Asia cup and T20 WC and it has been on newspaper in BD too so there is no reason for us to complain here

  • Anoop on January 16, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Couple of petty and false comments from the thankless Bangladeshis towards India, which has nothing to do with the issue! Don't think they are doing themselves any favors-and personally, after reading those I will have no qualms, if the Indian Cricket administrators doesn't back them when push comes to shove!

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 16, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Come on enough is enough.......This is Bangladesh not Pakistan or India or even South Africa that people always live with fear.....Whatever happened that was political issues not any civil war......CRICKET is like always the 1st choice for all the people in Bangladesh doesn't matter which race,sex or political party they belong...So, come to BAN and embrace yourself with our unique HOSPITALITY

  • Md.Sabbir islam on January 16, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    pakistani fans fear for their team at BD soil ...........the current situation is much better than what they have within their country............the wind has changed and the situation is calm in BD .....hope ICC makes a good decision

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    FICA don't represent all the players and ASIAN CUP is coming soon than T20. keeping in mine that Pakistan may not play the Asian Cup and T20 World Cup and there is strong chance that Australia and England might pull out too..

  • Kazi on January 16, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Bangladesh is always safe & secured for cricket as previous time. Bangladeshis are very cricket loving people, so welcome to Bangladesh. Sometimes Bangladeshi's are much love international cricketer like Afridi, Dhoni, and Sangakkara then the national cricketers.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka looks like a more safe options for all especially Pakistan. We know it is dangerous out there.

  • Sk. on January 16, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Enough is enough.....Bangladesh is not a minefield of's just because of's over now...we r cricket-nation...i can assure u all that, those who were in violance they will definitely come to the stadium with flag & poster and support cricket..bcz...we love cricket...we love cricketers...we love all cricket nations...

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    I hope the T20 cup gets moved, the country is showing the same signs as Pakistan did in 2007-2008. Unfortnately once a bad incident happens, it will take cricket away from Bangladesh for years, same as Pak. BD is not ready and its not worth the risk.

  • Hasib on January 15, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    This is too much. WI U19 came to the country at a bad time, which is now over. BD has less violence going on than India at this moment. I search for Bangladesh news and find more cricket related "security concerns" than the news related to actual political violence. This is silly now. There should other, more interesting, topics to write about.

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