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Bangladesh will host Asia Cup 2014 despite security issues

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed that the 2014 edition of the Asia cup will be held in Bangladesh, despite concerns over violence that has rocked the country in the recent past.

India, Pakistan , Sri Lanka , hosts Bangladesh as well as Afghanistan will compete against each other in a keenly contested tournament.

Some observers had expected officials to move the tournament out of Bangladesh following an outbreak of violent protests and strikes in the capital Dhaka ahead of elections on Sunday.

“The tournament will go ahead as scheduled in Bangladesh from February 25 to March 7,” Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chief executive Ashraful Huq told AFP after an executive board meeting in Colombo.

“Everything is in place for the tournament, no one raised any issue about safety,” Huq said, adding the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had made a detailed security presentation at the meeting.

All 11 matches in the tournament will take place in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka as planned, despite the violence that has plagued the city in the build-up to Sunday’s general elections.

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