Bangladesh will not go ahead with planned Sri Lanka tour in aftermath of Easter terrorist attacks, says BCB president Nazmul Hassan

Bangladesh cricket authorities said that they are unlikely to proceed with a planned tour to Sri Lanka citing fears that the country could be hit by another terror attack.

Agence France-Presse, May 12, 2019 11:43:38 IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh cricket authorities said on Saturday they are unlikely to proceed with a planned tour to Sri Lanka in July citing fears that the country could be hit by another attack after last month's devastating Easter bombings.

Bangladesh's one-day international series in Sri Lanka was scheduled to take place in July, having been brought forward from December.

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But the fate of the series has been thrown into doubt following the 21 April Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people.

"There is only one problem about Sri Lanka: the kind of situation is there, there's no question of going there. Not only Bangladesh, but I also don't think any team will play there," Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka.

"If the situation calms down, they assure us and our security team gives clearance, we will see. At the moment we don't have any plan to go there," he added.

The Bangladesh national team narrowly avoided being caught in the New Zealand mosque attacks of 15 March that killed 51 people.

Bangladesh's players and officials came within 50 metres (yards) of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch in March before a suspected white supremacist began indiscriminately shooting Muslim worshippers.

They were in the city to play a Test match, which was promptly cancelled.

Updated Date: May 12, 2019 11:43:38 IST


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