SLC to monitor security situation in Bangladesh for next few weeks

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“We don’t want to make hasty announcements right now as Bangladesh is a fellow Asian country which maintains a very good relationship with us”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will monitor the security situation in Bangladesh for the next few weeks since the national team are scheduled to travel there for a tour in January.

SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga stated that the board is taking necessary precautions after the West Indies Under-19 team pulled out of their tour when a bomb exploded near their hotel.

Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh will consist of two Test matches, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

“We have to monitor the situation for the next few weeks and take a decision on the tour,” Ranatunga told Daily Mirror. “However, we don’t want to make hasty announcements right now as Bangladesh is a fellow Asian country which maintains a very good relationship with us. We have to keep in mind that we had a similar situation not so long ago and all our Asian neighbours were very supportive of us.

“But we are in talks with the Bangladesh board. We have to be very careful because of the very bad experience we had in Pakistan before.”

However, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan remains confident that all the violence, which has been going on due to the upcoming general elections on January 5, will end prior to Sri Lanka’s tour.

“The quicker this political situation improves the better because the Sri Lanka tour is in January and then we have the Asia Cup,” Hassan said. “It needs to be resolved before that.”

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