Bangladesh await security clearance for Sri Lanka tour

Bangladesh are set to host Zimbabwe and Afghanistan in a T20 tri-series © Getty

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is waiting for reports from National Security Intelligence (NSI) before they give a green signal to the team for the upcoming tour against Sri Lanka, set to be played in July.

BCB president (Nazmul Hasan) had announced earlier that “there was no way” that the board could afford to send their national side to Sri Lanka in the wake of the terror attacks in the island nation, where nearly 300 people died and many were injured.

The three ODIs between these two nations were supposed to be played on July 25, 27 and 29 respectively but the announcement from Nazmul Hasan put the tour on doubt. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket requested the BCB ‘not to’ postpone the tour and promised VVIP security during the tour.

In what now comes as a positive development, four personnel of NSI have been sent to Sri Lanka on June 26 to assess the situation, according to BCB officials.

BCB will have a meeting with government officials before taking a decision that will be based on the report of the NSI personnel, who are scheduled to return on June 29.

“They have recently requested us to continue the tour and promised VVIP security for us,” BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told Cricbuzz. “We are waiting for the report of the national security agencies and once we get it, we will sit with the government high-ups and seek for their approval.”

BCB have also confirmed that their security team will thoroughly monitor the situation of countries they are slated to tour in the near future.

BCB A team to tour India before November’s Test series

Bangladesh Cricket Board have planned to prepare for the upcoming Test series against India by sending their A team to take part in a four-day regional cricket tournament in Karnataka.

BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz that they are planning to send the A team to play the tournament as it is highly competitive and would also help a few Test cricketers to get accustomed to Indian conditions before the three-match Test series that gets underway in November.

“We are sending players like Mominul and Taijul to India to play in the four-day tournament as it is highly competitive due to the fact some leading teams of Ranji Trophy also play in it,” Minhajul said.

BCB to host T20 tri-nation series in September

A Bangladesh Cricket Board official on Thursday (June 27) informed that they will host a T20 tri-series in September, involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

“We are expected to host the T20I tri-series in September from September 14-23 but the venue is yet to be finalised,” said the BCB official.

Afghanistan will locks horns with Zimbabwe on September 14 in the opening game of the tri-series while the hosts will play against Afghanistan on the following day. The final of this tri-nation T20 series will be held on September 23.


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