No way we can send our team to Sri Lanka: BCB chief
Nazmul Hasan (AFP Image)

Nazmul Hasan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president has dismissed the possibility of sending the Bangladesh team to Sri Lanka for a cricket series keeping in mind the conditions prevailing in the country.

Bangladesh were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs in July in addition to a series between Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A in September. But the tours are now off the table in the wake of the terror attack in Sri Lanka which resulted in over 300 deaths.

“There is no way we can send our team to Sri Lanka with the prevailing security situation and we are taking these things into consideration,” Nazmul told reporters. “We had several programs with them as we were expected to send our junior and senior cricket teams. But we have to keep in mind that the security condition of Sri Lanka doesn’t permit us to travel there now. Not only Bangladesh, I don’t think any other team would be considering about travelling to Sri Lanka in this situation.”

In March, Bangladesh players had narrowly escaped shooting in a mosque in Christchurch which killed at least 49 people and flew back home with a Test remaining. In addition to the prevailing tension, Nazmul revealed that he is yet to receive assurance from Sri Lank regarding security with their president Maithripala Sirisena going to the extent of saying that there could be more attacks coming.

“The most concerning fact is that even their president has told us there is a possibility of another terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. As they have said that there is a possibility of a terrorist attack, we are not thinking about having a tour to Sri Lanka just now,” he said.

“If the situation calms down and they give us the assurance that nothing bad will happen and most importantly, if our security gives us the clearance only then we can think about a tour in Sri Lanka. If our own intelligence gives us the assurance then there is a chance but we are not thinking about a tour to Sri Lanka now.”