The England A tour to Bangladesh looks to be in danger of cancellation while the country is gripped by the state of emergency declared by the interim government, reinforced by the deployment of reportedly 60,000 troops to curb street violence. England are due to arrive on Feb 14 for their month’s visit to Dhaka and Bogra, and the ECB are having to keep a close eye on the civil commotion that greeted the postponement of the Jan 22 general election.
John Carr, an ECB official, said: “We’ve been concerned about the situation, though it’s getting calmer. The Bangladesh Cricket Board have a good record of providing proper security, but we won’t be sending the team if we think there’s any unreasonable risk. We’re monitoring the situation very carefully.”
Cancellation would deepen the winter’s gloom for England cricket after the miserable Ashes winter. The England A hopefuls, captained by Michael Yardy, will have their breakthrough hopes stymied for the year, and it would be a setback for coach Peter Moores. A successful Bangladesh tour would reinforce his credentials as Duncan Fletcher’s replacement.
CHARLIE SAYS: Expletive deleted. I am due to cover this tour, and cancellation would cost me. And you lot would not be able to savour the daily Bangladesh diary due on this website.