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16 March, 2019 01:13:36 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 March, 2019 11:24:50 AM
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No foreign tours sans special security: BCB

3rd Test with NZ cancelled, Tigers return today
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
No foreign tours sans special security: BCB

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) wants security arrangements for its cricket team, identical to what Bangladesh usually provides other teams during their tour of this country. The demand was made to cricket boards of other countries. From now, Bangladesh will not make their overseas’ tour until they are ensured of minimum security for their cricket team wherever they make their future tours.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon made these demands in an impromptu press briefing after the Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape from terror attacks on two mosques at Christchurch yesterday. A group of Bangladesh cricketers were on their way to Masjid Al Noor Mosque, one of the two mosques that came under attack, for offering Jumu’ah prayers. They were just 50 yards from the scene sitting in a bus.

The New Zealand authorities confirmed the death of at least 49 people, including three of Bangladesh origin. They are Abdus Samad and his wife along with Hosne Ara Fahid. Another Bangladeshi Jakaria still remains missing, while Sajeda, Omar Faruk, Modasser and Rubel were injured.

The third and final Test of the three-Test series between Bangladesh and hosts New Zealand at Christchurch has been cancelled following the terror attack. Players and coaching staff will return to Dhaka on available flights today (Saturday).

“When an overseas team comes to visit Bangladesh and demand what type of security, we’ve to usually provide that,”

said Nazmul Hassan Papon.

“But we are yet to get from any of them,” Papon told the media at his residence in the capital city yesterday.

“To be honest, we did not insist earlier,” he added.

Papon said New Zealand has no idea of terrorist attacks on their country. Even they don’t know what is to be done after such an incident.

“If you look at the entire incident, New Zealand has no idea such an incident might happen. If such incidents happen in our country or neighbouring countries, the police don’t take much time to reach the spot,” he said.

“Probably they will be more alert from now.But after today’s incident, the Bangladesh Cricket Board will ensure the minimum required security before touring other countries. Those who provide us, we will go and play. Otherwise, it’s not possible for us to go there and play,” he added.

The BCB president said: “The situation in New Zealand is such, there is no possibility of playing the third Test. For this, a discussion has been held between the two boards and it has been decided to cancel the remaining Test match.”

“As per the latest news I have, our entire team has reached the hotel safely,” he said.     

The BCB president said they requested the New Zealand Cricket Board to look into the matter why there was no security with the team when they were on way to offer Friday’s Jumu’ah prayers.

“Players had been drawn into three groups. Of them, a group went for practice, the second went for lunch and the third group was going for Friday prayers. But there was no one from the liaison committee with this group. The member of the liaison committee stayed with the group who were in the stadium,” he said.

“Was the liaison committee informed about going to Jumu’ah prayers? We have to look into it. Actually the incident happened when they had no security with them,” he added.


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