Australia will hope that the tour in Bangladesh goes on smoothly © Getty Images
Australia will hope that the tour in Bangladesh goes on smoothly © Getty Images

Australia may eventually tour Bangladesh in 2017 after their tour in October 2015 was cancelled due to security reasons. Confirmed James Sutherland, who is Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive. Australia skipper Steven Smith expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the tour earlier. Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had warned the team against touring Bangladesh due to some sort of security threat. Consequently, the Australia Under-19 team also pulled out from touring Bangladesh for ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year. Ireland was eventually named as their replacement. But Cricket Australia are now open to having their senior team tour Bangladesh, sometime next year perhaps. READ: Australia cancel Bangladesh tour; Steven Smith disappointed

“We’ve had discussions off-line with the Bangladesh Cricket Board,” Sutherland told cricket.com.au on Tuesday. “They know and understand that we’re absolutely committed to playing that (postponed) tour, obviously subject to security matters that we need to go through in preparation for that tour. But we’re very much looking forward to getting back to Bangladesh and playing cricket over there.”  READ: Australia should not have cancelled Bangladesh tour over minor issues, says Shahid Afridi

Sutherland also revealed that Cricket Australia had had discussions with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and has managed to pencil the tour in the international calendar for 2017, according to cricbuzz.com.

The tour of Bangladesh was supposed to be Smith’s first full tour as captain. “It was my first Test series as full time captain, it was a new team with some new players and we were all really looking forward to getting over there and playing. It’s extremely disappointing,” Smith said, at the cancellation of the tour.

Smith since then has however risen to the occasion as captain, having won Test series against West Indies and also led the side in the series against New Zealand. He was also named skipper of the Australian T20I team, just ahead of the T20 World Cup 2016.