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Security concerns: Cricket Australia puts Bangladesh tour off

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Australian team was scheduled to depart on coming Monday for a series of two Tests with Bangladesh. However, the government warned of potential security risks from extremists in the sub-continent.

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“Following the most recent information from Australian Government agencies and our own security advisors, we have decided that, regrettably, we have no alternative but to postpone the tour,” James Sutherland, Chief Executive of Cricket Australia said.

Earlier, Cricket Australia sent a security delegation to Bangladesh over the weekend to evaluate the situation on the ground and while they were assessing, an Italian aid worker was shot dead in Dhaka and the attack was claimed by Islamic State.

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The team returned to Australia on Wednesday and expressed its concerns in front of government and CA officials that cricketers could be target there.

On the other side, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said that it had provided such level of security that would be provided for the visitors of state heads.

“This is very unfortunate. We are hoping that the tour will be re-arranged as soon as possible,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan told media. “We left no stone unturned in providing assurance regarding security for the Australian team.”

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