Australia’s Test tour of Bangladesh has been put on hold amid security fears. James Sutherland, Cricket Australia’s CEO has acted on recent advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) who identified the potential security risk.
DFAT issued its latest security advice about Bangladesh on Friday, stating that “there is reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh,”.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is confident Australia’s visit will go ahead as scheduled, claiming there is “no alarm regarding security” and played down the seriousness of a warning issued by the Australian government”.
James Sutherland has expressed his desire for the tour to still go ahead, stating however that “the safety and security of our players and support staff is our number-one 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 working with the ACA and keeping our players and support staff fully informed.”