Bangladesh to tour Sri Lanka after getting security clearance

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DHAKA, May 7, 2019 (BSS)- The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will take
advice from various security authorities before finalizing their tour in Sri
Lanka.

According to latest Future Tour Programme (FTP), Bangladesh is scheduled
to play a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in December.

But the dates were brought ahead in July, just after the end of the World
Cup tournament because of BCB’s plan to hold the Bangladesh Premier League
(BPL) in December.

The new dates for the three ODIs are likely to be on July 25, 27 and 29.

However, a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka that left 300 people dead
last month forced BCB to rethink about the decision to tour there. Pakistan
Under-19 team’s tour had already been indefinitely postponed following the
incident.

Bangladesh postponed its New Zealand tour after a terrorist attack on two
Christchurch mosques.

“We are concerned about the situation. We will take advice from the
foreign ministry and Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka.

We will take the final call after the advice from security officials, who
I think will very soon start their work to get a clear picture about the
situation in Sri Lanka,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the BSS today.

“Even though the tour has been in FTP, there is no provision that we can’t
postpone the tour if any complicated situation arises. But this has to be
done amicably with the discussion between the two boards,” he added.

The CEO also informed that an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting will be
held at the end of this month and they would hold a talk with Sri Lanka
Cricket Board on the sidelines of the meeting.