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“Bangladesh has a cricket-loving public and it’s important that cricket is played there, if possible”
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has announced that he is determined to ensure the national team’s tour of Bangladesh, which is scheduled to get underway at the end of the month, goes ahead as originally planned.
However, SLC still remain concerned about the security situation in Bangladesh, especially since there have been widespread protests about the upcoming general elections.
“Player security is what we are most concerned about, but if we tour Bangladesh, we can help ensure the region stays strong from a cricketing perspective,” Ranatunga said. “In Asia, we have a situation currently where we can’t tour Pakistan. Even though a tournament could be moved, in the long-term it is better for us that the region remains strong. Bangladesh has a cricket-loving public and it’s important that cricket is played there, if possible.”
Ranatunga revealed that his desire for the national team to tour Bangladesh stems from the fact that their hosts have never shown any hesitancy to travel to Sri Lanka, even when the civil war was still going on.
“In the past we have had problems in our country as well, but during that time, Bangladesh were happy to tour,” he said. “As long as there is no risk to our players, we would like to support the BCB as well.”