Security concerns see Oz delay departure to Bangladesh

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Cricket Australia has announced that due to concern about the safety and security of the Australian Test team, it has delayed its departure for the upcoming Qantas Tour of Bangladesh.

CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said that recent advice from a range of Australian government sources had identified a potential security risk to Australian interests in Bangladesh.

The team was due to depart Sydney on Monday morning but will now wait for further security advice before confirming its travel arrangements for the tour.

“We have received advice from DFAT and based on that information we are working with security experts and the Bangladesh Cricket Board on a revised security plan for the tour,” Mr Sutherland said.

“We want the tour to go ahead and are planning for that, but the safety and security of our players and support staff is our number-one priority and won’t be compromised.

“We will wait to receive updated security information early in the week before confirming the team’s travel arrangements.

“In the meantime, we are working with the ACA and keeping our players and support staff fully informed.”

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