England agree to tour Bangladesh

The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) has given the national side the nod to tour Bangladesh as was originally planned.

Concerns over England touring Bangladesh for the scheduled October/November series elevated following Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital becoming a victim of a terrorist attack in July at the hands of the IS (Islamic State). Australia had at the end of 2015 cancelled their tour of Bangladesh due to increased security concerns at that time.

The England board sent a three-man security delegation to Bangladesh for examining the situation. The trio that comprised of ECB security advisor Reg Dickason, Professional Cricketers’ Association Chief Executive David Leatherdale and ECB’s director of cricket operations John Carr recently returned from their tours of India and Bangladesh. The team concluded their venue inspections by stating that with the level of security the Bangladesh government has promised to grant, the tour shall go ahead as planned.

Dickason held a meeting on Thursday with England ODI captain Eoin Morgan, Test Captain Alastair Cook and the rest of the team members to further assess and discuss the security arrangments being made in Bangladesh. Both Leatherdale and Carr were also present at the meeting, and so was director of England cricket, Andrew Strauss.

Following the meeting, Strauss confirmed that the tour of Bangladesh will go smoothly as originally planned.

“England’s tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned. Safety and security of players and management are always paramount. We’ve received a thorough risk assessment, had excellent insight into the current situation and been fully briefed on security commitments. ECB and PCA have the utmost confidence in the advice and support we’ve been given.”

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