Dhaka attack: Bangladesh hope England series will take place

England's tour of Bangladesh comprising of three-match One-Day International (ODI) series and two-match Test was scheduled to begin from September 30.

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Bangladesh recently suffered from terror attacks on Saturday morning © Getty Images
Bangladesh recently suffered from terror attacks on Saturday morning © Getty Images

After the terror attacks loomed Bangladesh two days ago, England are contemplating on backing from the Bangladesh tour due to security concerns. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan expressed hope that security situation in the country would improve and in turn making the tour happen. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) official mentioned they will consult with the Foreign and Commanwealth Office (FCO) and security team to confirm if they could continue this tour. Hasan acknowledged the concerns of ECB but mentioned about the Euro 2016 tour on how they managed to continue the tournament despite the Paris attacks. ALSO READ: BCB will not object if England pull out of Bangladesh tour

Hasan spoke to Times of India on Sunday and said, “It is a very unfortunate incident for Bangladesh. We never imagined such a thing could happen in this country. I don’t know how to describe my feelings in words. I have seen England’s reaction, which is quite normal. We would have done the same thing if we were in their position.” He further added, “But you would have noticed that after the Paris attacks, football didn’t stop. Sport will go at its pace. England are coming after three months, by which time the situation in Bangladesh will get better. It is hard to say which place is safe now. Safety can be an issue in England after three months. We will strengthen our security. If we can ensure that, cricket should not be a problem.” ALSO READ: ENG set to cancel BAN tour after foreigner killings

Bangaldesh has always been filled with cloud due to security concerns regarding their series played at home by International teams. Last year, Australia pulled out of the tour due to security reasons. Subsequently, Cricket Australia forbade its Under-19 team to participate in the 2016 World Cup after failing to get necessary clearance from their security advisors. England’s tour of Bangladesh, comprising three- match One-Day International (ODI) series and two-match Test, is scheduled to start from September 30.

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