Australia delays trip to Bangladesh over security concerns

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia says it has delayed the departure of its test team for a two-match tour of Bangladesh due to concerns about the side’s safety and security.


Chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement late Saturday that recent advice from a range of Australian government sources had identified a potential security risk to Australian interests in Bangladesh.

The team was due to depart Sydney on Monday morning but will now wait for further security advice before confirming its travel arrangements for the tour.

“We have received advice from DFAT (Australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade) and based on that information we are working with security experts and the Bangladesh Cricket Board on a revised security plan for the tour,” Sutherland said.

“We want the tour to go ahead and are planning for that, but the safety and security of our players and support staff is our No. 1 priority and won’t be compromised. We will wait to receive updated security information early in the week before confirming the team’s travel arrangements. In the meantime, we are keeping our players and support staff fully informed.”

No other details on the nature of the security concerns were disclosed.

The first test was due to begin Oct. 9 at Chittagong, with the second test set to be played from Oct. 17 in Dhaka.

A three-day tour match was scheduled to begin next Saturday in Fatullah, a match that could now be in doubt due to the Australian team’s delayed departure.