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Australia’s Test tour of Bangladesh is on the verge of being cancelled after Cricket Australia told the Test squad to report back to training with their respective state teams.
Cricket Australia’s security team arrived back from Dhaka on Tuesday night and spoke to the board and the Australian Cricketers’ Association on Wednesday, but no official announcement on the fate of the series is expected until Thursday.
Australia were scheduled to travel to Bangladesh on Monday, but their departure was postponed due to heightened security concerns after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed that they had “reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh” on Friday.
Cricket Australia’s head of security Sean Carroll, team manager Gavin Dovey, and team security manager Frank Dimasi all flew to Bangladesh to meet with Bangladeshi officials and Australia’s High Commissioner.
Even though they were assured of top-notch security, Australia are unlikely to go ahead with the tour, especially after an Italian national was shot and killed while walking in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone.
As a result, DFAT updated their travel advice on Tuesday, which said: “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility, although this is yet to be confirmed. The Australian Government has advised staff to travel only by vehicle in Dhaka for the time being.”
The United States Department of State also claims to have “reliable new information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh”.