You’ve got to feel for Bangladesh as they plead one last time with Cricket Australia for the scheduled two-game Test tour to go ahead. Since the emergence of information suggesting that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh, it has looked unlikely that any of the elaborate security measures revealed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board would satisfy Australian officials. Namzul Hassan, the president of the BCB, has launched a last-ditch attempt to ease safety concerns with unprecedented security levels;
“We have left no stone unturned in providing assurance regarding security for the Australian team,” Hassan said.
“The Bangladesh Government has committed additional security on top of the substantial and elaborate arrangements in the BCB’s standard Security Plan for international cricket.
“For the team (Australia) the level has been confirmed as VVIP which is equivalent to security accorded to Head of States and is unprecedented for any international side.
“We are still hopeful that a fresh date for arrival of its team will be declared by CA and we will see some exciting cricket on the ground soon.
Cricket Australia have provided the clearest indicator on their position yet by sending players back to their state sides to prepare for the Matador Cup starting on October 5th.
The blow of a tour cancellation will be hard on Bangladesh, who haven’t hosted an Australian Test team for almost a decade. With recent ODI victories against South Africa, India and Pakistan under their belt, this Test series represented a genuine opportunity for the Tigers to show the world that they are no longer Test cricket’s whipping boys. The largely rain affected series’ against India and South Africa means that Bangladesh will have completed only 1 out of four Test series in 2015 should Australia pull out.
Bangladesh have been given something to smile about however as the Tigers secured their place in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, edging out the West Indies.