Bangladesh unlikely to tour Sri Lanka in July

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Bangladesh cricket authorities said Saturday they are unlikely to proceed with a planned tour to Sri Lanka in July citing fears that the country could be hit by another attack after last month's devastating Easter bombings.

Bangladesh's one-day international series in Sri Lanka was scheduled to take place in July, having been brought forward from December.

But the fate of the series has been thrown into doubt following the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people.

“There is only one problem about Sri Lanka: the kind of situation is there, there's no question of going there. Not only Bangladesh, I don't think any team will play there,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka.

“If the situation calms down, they assure us and our security team gives clearance, we will see. At the moment we don't have any plan to go there,” he added.

The Bangladesh national team narrowly avoided being caught in the New Zealand mosque attacks of March 15 that killed 51 people.

Bangladesh's players and officials came within 50 metres (yards) of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch in March before a suspected white supremacist began indiscriminately shooting Muslim worshippers.

They were in the city to play a Test match, which was promptly cancelled.(AFP)

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  • Cisco Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:33 PM

    Then how can we expect other tourists will arrive here?

    roland boniface Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:33 PM

    Good play more games with Pakistan and Afghanistan. At least we could protect our Stadium Pavilions from Damage. Lets see where Bangladesh finish after the world cup.

    Jude Monday, 13 May 2019 08:31 AM

    SLC should check with Paks and Afghans when SLC schedule Lankan home games in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi !!???

    Jude Monday, 13 May 2019 08:34 AM

    Who knew Dubai and Abu-Dhabi going to host cricket games for Afgans, Paks and NOW SL huh!!

    Jude Monday, 13 May 2019 08:36 AM

    Hey middle-east going to host ICC cricket more than any other place!!! First Paks then Afghans and NOW SL !!!

    Jude Monday, 13 May 2019 08:40 AM

    Hey SLC, move THE Headquarters to Dubai thats where LANKAN home games going to be played for next couple of decades!!!??


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