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THE BANGLADESH---Australia Test series
is moving towards taking place as sched-
uled, according to BCB chief executive Niza-
muddin Chowdhury, after a second day of
security-related meetings and assurances
Though the Australian High Commissioner
was non-committal, it is understood that
the BCB is expecting Cricket Australia to
give the go-ahead today, with the team likely
to arrive this week.
The BCB has already acted on its optimism
about the tour and at 5.15 pm yesterday
named the squad for the first Test in Chit-
tagong from October 9. The team, which
began training this afternoon, had been
approved by the BCB president before the
Eid holidays---September 24 to 26---but the
squad announcement was delayed because
Cricket Australia postponed its team's depar-
ture to Bangladesh, citing security concerns.
An hour later, the BCB sent out the accred-
itation form for local journalists, another sign
that it is positive about the tour going ahead.
Perhaps another positive sign is that only
Cricket Australia's security manager Sean
Carroll will return to Australia today. Team
manager Gavin Dovey and team security
manager Frank Dimasi, who arrived on Sep-
tember 27, are staying in Dhaka presumably
to receive the Australia team. Yesterday, Car-
roll, Dovey, Dimasi, and the Australian High
Commissioner in Bangladesh Greg Wilcock,
had discussions with the Home Minister and
the heads of the country's security agencies.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan, directors
Mahbubul Anam and Lokman Hossain, and
chief executive Chowdhury were also present.
Later in the day, the CA security contingent
also met with another security agency.
After the meeting at the ministry, Chowd-
hury said they were looking to conduct the
series according to the original tour schedule,
with the first Test in Chittagong from October
9. "We are expecting all the matches to be
played on schedule," Chowdhury said. "We will try
to have the main matches of the tour be played as
scheduled, because there is plenty of planning that
goes behind each international match.
"We haven't discussed any issue with regards to
Chittagong as a venue. We have confirmed the facilities
which will be given to them in Dhaka will also be
given to them in Chittagong."
The Australian high commissioner Wilcock said
that the talks at the ministry were a part of an ongoing
process. "I want to make it clear that I speak on behalf
of the Australian government and I want to send a
very short message about this meeting," he said. "The
first is I think as two cricket loving nations we all
want to play cricket. The Bangladesh squad has been
doing very well recently.
"At the same time, the Australian government very
recently issued an update travel advice communicating
additional guidance on safety and security in
Bangladesh. The result of that is that we are here dis-
cussing these safety and security measures with the
"We have enjoyed the time, the generosity and the
expertise of the honourable minister and his senior
police officials. This is part of our consultations with
the Bangladesh Cricket Board, with the Bangladesh
authorities and with Cricket Australia to address our
shared interests. That work continues. This meeting
has been one part of that. That work will continue
for the rest of today." (ESPNcricinfo)
BCB optimistic tour will go as planned
Bangladesh have opted to retain the squad that
played the Test series against South Africa for the
upcoming first Test against Australia.
The squad also includes left-arm spinner Taijul
Islam, who has recovered from a bout of jaundice
which he suffered last month.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced the
squad despite the uncertainty surrounding the series.
Last week, Cricket Australia chose to delay the team's
scheduled departure on September 28 due to increased
security concerns. CA's chief executive, James Suther-
land, cited "recent advice from a range of Australian
government sources" that identified potential security
risks to Australian interests in Bangladesh.
CA's decision to proceed with the Test series will
depend on the outcome of meetings between its
security chief Sean Carroll and government and police
officials in Bangladesh. It is learnt that security
officials who met with Carroll assured fool-proof
security for the team and the BCB is also quietly
confident of sharing more detailed information that
can help ease CA's concerns.
According to the current schedule, the first Test
is scheduled between October 9 and 13 in Chittagong,
while the second Test will be played in Mirpur from
October 17. Australia are also scheduled to play a
three-day tour match against the BCB XI in Fatullah
before the start of the Test series. (ESPNcricinfo)
Bangladesh name unchanged
squad for first Australia Test
Bangladesh squad for the first Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt),
Tamim Iqbal (vice-capt), Imrul Kayes, Jubair Hossain, Liton Das,
Mahmudullah, Mohammad Shahid, Mominul Haque, Mustafizur
Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya
Sarkar, Taijul Islam.
Taijul Islam...returns to
Bangladesh squad after
recovering from jaundice.
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