BCB President hopeful on England tour

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Nazmul Hassan, is hopeful that the country's security situation will improve in time for England to fulfill their commitment to tour in October.

The ECB responded to a terror attack on Friday night in Dhaka, issuing a statement declaring the board would take advice from the government before making any decision on the proposed tour.

Speaking at a press conference, Hassan 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.

Hassan went on to draw a comparison between this incident and the Paris attacks that preceded the staging of the Euro 2016 tournament in France, saying: "[But] you would have noticed that after the Paris attacks, the game 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."

Cricket Australia, last year postponed their proposed tour to Bangladesh, and would later withdraw the Australian team from the under-19 World Cup staged in Bangladesh earlier this year.

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