Cricket Australia chief Executive has confirmed the media that Australia are likely to tour Bangladesh later this year for a two Test series unless security concerns become an issue. Previously back in 2015 the tour was cancelled due to “high risks” involved in the tour which threatened the security of the Australian cricketers.
I think they’re quite high,” Sutherland said on ABC radio when asked what were the chances of Australia touring Bangladesh in 2017. “What we saw at the end of last year was the England team tour Bangladesh. We certainly saw very strong security around the team. We actually sent our head of security, Sean Carroll, over to observe for seven or ten days, just to get a little bit of comfort on the systems and processes that were in place” quoted Sutherland to one section of the media.
“Anything can happen between now and then, and we continue to monitor what’s happening in Bangladesh, but we work on the assumption that we’re going to play and we start to plan accordingly. But we certainly get a good deal of comfort from the way in which the security measures were put in place by the Bangladesh government, in conjunction with the cricket board over there. At the moment I would assume that we would be playing two Tests over there”, he added.
Keeping security as the prime concern for players Sutherland further added regarding the tour “I think it is important for us,” Sutherland said of the tour. “The fundamental for us is that safety comes first, the safety of our players and officials, and all of that. We’ll make those judgments accordingly. At the same time, we have made decisions in the past to postpone a tour of Bangladesh. We were also the only team not to send a team to the Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh not long afterwards”.
The last time these two sides played Test cricket, Jason Gillespie registered his highest Test score of 201 not out in Chittagong. They also played a three match ODI series shortly after the 2011 World Cup.
If the tour finally materializes, it will be a huge step in Bangladesh cricketing fraternity. Everyone expects this series to be a challenging one and an equally historic one as well.
Although the dates for the tour are yet to be scheduled this Bangladesh vs Australia series will be played sometime between August and September this year.