After Christchurch shooting, BCB to demand top security from host nations on future tours

Written by Abhishek Patil

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will demand top security from host nations for their all future overseas tours, the BCB head of media and communications Rabeed Imam has informed.

“Until now, we had left player safety and security to the host board for an overseas tour. From now on, we will only agree to tour overseas if player safety arrangements meet our expected standards. In the past, teams have pulled out of the Bangladesh tour citing concerns over player safety. But we never demanded anything extra when we travelled. This will change,” Imam told.

In 2015, Australia had postponed their tour of Bangladesh, when a three-man Cricket Australia (CA) security delegation team submitted a report, mentioning “a credible risk to Australians in Bangladesh”.

Imam, meanwhile, said at the next ICC meeting, the BCB will speak to all the ICC Board members and will try to raise the issue “at the adequate platform” that security arrangements should be watertight for the upcoming World Cup. The BCCI has already raised the security concern to the global body after the Pulwama terror attack.

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