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We won’t tour without full-proof security plan: BCB president
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said that they will need full proof security plan in the upcoming days before finalizing any further tour.
Nazmul made that comment in an off-the-cuff press conference after Bangladesh national team narrowly escaped a mass killing, which took place in some mosques in Christchurch on Friday. The team was on their way to one of the mosques that came under attack to offer Jumma prayer and somehow managed to escape from the area.
New Zealand authorities confirmed the death of at least 49 people in attacks on two Christchurch mosques.
“Bangladesh team will ensure that they receive minimum required security before finalizing any tour in future,’’ said Nazmul. “We only go to those countries who can assure us this otherwise we will not go there,’’ he said.
The BCB president Nazmul on Friday demanded the same security arrangements from other cricket boards that Bangladesh usually provides them. “The security arrangement was nowhere near what we usually provide. It’s not just here, wherever we go, we don’t get that much security,” Nazmul told reporters at press conference in Dhaka.
“Whenever someone comes here we need to give the kind of security that they ask for. But so far we don’t get this. To be frank, we don’t force for this,’ said Nazmul.
“If you look at the whole thing, New Zealand have never think about such type of incident… They have never thought about this I think. I mean the preparation such as what have to do if this happened or how to deal with it etc,’’ he said.
“It was surprising that the police took much time. I do not think that if there was such a thing in our country or in any surrounding countries, it would take so long to come to the police,’’ he said.
“Of course I thought that they were unprepared. Now they have to be more careful about this. I don’t know what will do the other countries but for Bangladesh team, we will ensure minimum required security is available,’’ he added.
Nazmul also urged the cricketing authorities across the world to change the mindset about security. “We have always maintained that this kind of incident can happen to any country. Every country has to be careful. Every team has to be alerted,” he said.
“There might have a perception it could happen only in our country or in sub-continent. There is no chance of it is happening there. It’s no longer like that,” he said. In earlier years, Australia cricket team boycotted a tour in Bangladesh in 2015 citing lack of security.