Bangladesh to remain as Asia Cup host despite Pakistani Conspiracy

Published: January 6, 2014

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Bangladesh is safe enough to host the 2014 Asia Cup Cricket slated for the next month, Asia’s cricket bosses decided on Saturday in an executive board meeting held in Colombo.

“There is no change of venue. It will be held as planned in Bangladesh,” the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) chief executive officer Syed Ashraful Huq said after the meeting, dismissing security concerns triggered by political turmoil in the country.

The prevailing political unrest in Bangladesh has been created following the main opposition party’s boycott of the January 5 general elections and subsequent series of blockades.

“Bangladesh submitted a detailed security plan to the ACC which was studied and approved. If any member has any other concerns, it should address it with Bangladesh,” Ashraful Huq added.

“We have given a very good presentation to the ACC board members. They have been convinced that we can host the tournament,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) acting chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

The ACC’s decision is expected to give an added impetus to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)’s plan to tour Bangladesh for a bilateral series scheduled to start from Jan 27.

Bangladesh is also due to stage the World Twenty20 from Mar 16.


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