BCB to give highest level of safety to Afghanistan
A bunch of Afghanistan National Cricket Team is all set to land Dhaka on September 21 to play their first-ever two-sided ODI series with the hosts Bangladesh.
Following the recent terror attack in Gulshan and Sholakia last July Security has been a major panic towards the nation. BCB had to rethink about the matter like others and provided the highest level of security to all foreign coaching stuffs and officials to ensure their safety.
It seemed Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium was under the cover of security during the post Gulshan tragedy period. As a result an uncertainty was raised over England series at home. In the end England finally agreed to fly out to Bangladesh after ECB security team was satisfied following their three-day assessment of the security measures in Dhaka and Chittagong respectively. Two days later Afghanistan Cricket Board also confirmed to tour to Bangladesh to play their first-ever bilateral ODI series. The two sides agreed play the three-match series on September 25, 28 and October 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Earlier, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chief Nazmul Hasan declared in a press briefing that they would provide England such level of security which they never saw before. This time BCB Media Committee Chairman Jalal Yunus announced that the visitors Afghanistan will get the same category of security facility which will be supplied for England cricket team during their visit.
“Definitely we will supply Afghanistan cricket team the highest level of security to Afghanistan likewise England cricket team. We cannot mention the level of our security planning but they will get VIP security,” Jalal Yunus told reporters on Saturday at BCB Corporate office in Mirpur.
“This time we have been applied some tough security method for the spectators. Previously we only inspected in the entrance gate but the system has been changed. We will continue our inspection before entrance. We will continue physical checking with parameter but outer the stadium especially for those who will carry bags and other equipments,” He added.
Bangladesh selectors already raveled a 20-man ODI pool amid surprises for Tigers’ forthcoming back-to-back assignments at home against Afghanistan and England. The 14-men final squad was supposed to be finalised on September 18 but BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu yesterday confirmed that they will unveil the final squad of Bangladesh national cricket team within September 20 or 21 ahead of Afghanistan and England series.
The matter is 18th National Cricket League (NCL) 2016-17, longer version cricket league, is going to stage from September 25 if everything is alright. According to BCB Chief Selector, national cricketers will also be able to take part in NCL despite their involvement in national assignment at the same time. BCB planned to transfer one national cricketer to NCL from the 14-men squad during Afghanistan schedules.
However, Bangladesh National Cricket Team will restart their practice today after long Eid vacation ahead of Afghanistan and England series at home.
20-man ODI pool is supposed to report their head coach Chandika Hathurusingha within 9.00 am. Chandika Hathurusingha alongside Tigers’ newly appointed Bangladesh batting consultant Thilan Samaraweera has already returned to Dhaka yesterday.
Samaraweera’s appointment came a day after West Indies great Country Walsh agreed a three-year term to become the specialist pace bowling coach of the Bangladesh Cricket Team. Walsh is expected to join Bangladesh cricket team today.