Bangladesh cricket team assured VVIP security in Ireland and England
The Bangladesh World Cup squad 2019 poses before its departure from Dhaka. © AFP

The Bangladesh cricket team will receive VVIP security during its tour of Ireland and England for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Tuesday, as it embarks for its first series since the gruesome Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand in March.

Speaking to reporters this week, BCB media committee head Jalal Younus said the board was satisfied with the security plan provided by Cricket Ireland following a BCB request, and on April 30 the board president Nazmul Hossain confirmed that a very high level security detail will accompany Mashrafe Mortaza’s team and support staff.

“Players will be provided VVIP security during their stay in Ireland and England. Since the New Zealand incident, security has became a major issue and we need to address it and take a final decision in this regard,” Hossain told reporters in Dhaka before the team’s departure this week. “We have communicated with our Embassy in England and decided to employ the private security agencies comprising four members that are often asked to come forward when someone like our Prime Minister or any VVIP arrives there.

“Apart from that we will have our own security personnel to make sure everything moves smoothly. And [the] ICC is expected to provide us two security official during the World Cup and we are taking them to Ireland on our own account while a member of BCB’s security committee will always be there.”

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Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand was called off after the players had a narrow escape from the attack on a mosque in Christchurch, described as an “unprecedented act of violence” by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Bangladesh will contest a tri-series in Ireland also featuring West Indies, starting May 5. After that event, they will travel to England for a training camp at Leicestershire before the World Cup starts on May 30.

Mortaza’s team open their World Cup campaign on June 2 against South Africa at The Oval in London.