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BD unlikely to tour Sri Lanka after church attacks

DHAKA: Bangladesh cricket authorities said Saturday they are unlikely to proceed with a planned tour to Sri Lanka in July citing fears that the country could be hit by another attack after last month’s devastating Easter bombings.

Bangladesh’s One-day International series in Sri Lanka was scheduled to take place in July, having been brought forward from December.

But the fate of the series has been thrown into doubt following the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people.

“There is only one problem about Sri Lanka: the kind of situation is there, there’s no question of going there. Not only Bangladesh, I don’t think any team will play there,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan said. “If the situation calms down, they assure us and our security team gives clearance, we will see. At the moment we don’t have any plan to go there.”

The Bangladesh national team narrowly avoided being caught in the New Zea­land mosque attacks of March 15 that killed 51 people.

Bangladesh’s players and officials came within 50 metres of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch before a suspected white supremacist began indiscriminately shooting Muslim worshippers.

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2019

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