The Australian Cricket team’s tour of Bangladesh has been postponed due to concerns over player and staff safety.
CEO of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland announced that the tour, which was due to start on Saturday in Fatullah, Bangladesh, will not go ahead. In Cricket Australia’s official media release, Sutherland expressed his deep regret for postponing the tour.
“This has been a very difficult decision. 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,” said Sutherland.
“We have worked tirelessly to try to find a way for the tour to proceed, but in the end it was simply not possible.”
Sutherland also expressed sympathy for Bangledesh cricket fans that were looking forward to the match.
“We understand that this decision will be very disappointing for the cricket community in Bangladesh,” he said.
“However, from an Australian perspective, the safety of our players and officials is our highest priority. We will work with the BCB to reschedule the tour as soon as possible.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) posted a media release expressing its disappointment that the tour will not go ahead. They still believe that Bangladesh is a suitable host and would provide a safe environment for the Australian side.
“The BCB does not agree with the view that Bangladesh is at the moment unsafe for hosting the series against Australia,” the statement read.
“The Board is committed to rescheduling the series at a later date and will continue to work closely with CA to that end.” – Sam Pasfield
Top photo of Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sutherland addressing media is from Cricket Australia’s Official Facebook Page.