Bangladesh cricket team unlikely to tour Sri Lanka in July

AFP . Dhaka | Update:

Members of Bangladesh cricket team running back through Hagley Park to the Oval ground after shooting. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh cricket authorities said Saturday they are unlikely to proceed with a planned tour to Sri Lanka in July citing fears that the country could be hit by another attack after last month's devastating Easter bombings.

Bangladesh's one-day international series in Sri Lanka was scheduled to take place in July, having been brought forward from December.

But the fate of the series has been thrown into doubt following the 21 April Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people.

“There is only one problem about Sri Lanka: the kind of situation is there, there's no question of going there. Not only Bangladesh, I don't think any team will play there,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka.

Panicked cricketers wait in changing room of the Oval grounds. Prothom Alo File Photo“If the situation calms down, they assure us and our security team gives clearance, we will see. At the moment we don’t have any plan to go there,” he added.

The Bangladesh national team narrowly avoided being caught in the New Zealand mosque attacks of 15 March that killed 51 people.

Bangladesh’s players and officials came within 50 metres (yards) of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch in March before a suspected white supremacist began indiscriminately shooting Muslim worshippers.

They were in the city to play a Test match, which was promptly cancelled.

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