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Australia are the latest team to express their discomfort over security issues in Bangladesh © Getty Images

 

Melbourne: Feb 17, 2014

 

Cricket Australia (CA) officials are reportedly investigating a threat from Al-Qaeda to create a ‘massive public uprising’ in Bangladesh, the venue of next month’s ICC World T20 2014 tournament.

 

Fears about holding the 16-team tournament in Bangladesh have intensified following the release of a video from Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri on a website used for militant propaganda.

 

The video is essentially a call to arms for Muslims living in Bangladesh to create havoc in defence of the Islam faith, reports news.com.au.

 

CA said that it is closely monitoring the widespread unrest in Bangladesh which has been rocked by a series of violent crimes and deaths before and since last month’s general election. The safety and security of the Australian team and its support staff has always been Cricket Australia’s highest priority, said a Cricket Australia spokesman.