On the sidelines of the ongoing discussions between the cricket boards of England and Bangladesh, over security concerns relating to Bangladesh hosting the upcoming bilateral series scheduled in September-October, the BCB chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury, confirmed that they will not agree for a ‘neutral venue’ even if the England board prefers. He also added that the recent terrorist attacks in Bangladesh had nothing to do with the game, while assuring of complete security to the England team throughout the series.
Eoin Morgan, the limited-overs skipper of the England Cricket team said during a press conference that hosting the series at a neutral venue will be a feasible idea. However, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) dismissed the suggestion saying ‘playing outside Bangladesh in not a solution’.
Fears over the safety of playing in Bangladesh had doubled in the recent times, with the country becoming a victim to consecutive terrorist attacks. In an article, one of the Newspapers in the UK reported that the players of England were feared of touring Bangladesh in September. This has triggered a move inside the England cricket board, which has reportedly formed a committee to look into the security issues in Bangladesh.
When asked about the ongoing discussions, the BCB chief said, ” It is not a new thing at all. Countries like Australia, England always send a committee to inspect the security conditions before sending their team for a foreign tour. They were scheduled to visit Bangladesh last month, but i think they might have been thinking to complete the security check in both India and Bangladesh at the same time as the England team will be touring India after the completion of the tour of Bangladesh. So, i hope that they will be arriving next month”.
The Chief reiterated that Bangladesh had successfully hosted a number of series in the recent times including the Asia Cup and expressed that England will consider this point before taking any call on the fate of the series.
England tour of Bangladesh is scheduled to start from September 30, which will comprise of three ODIs and two test-matches.