BD cricketers from now on to travel with security assurances: BCB

Published: March 15, 2019 21:55:25

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team escaped a deadly shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday

Bangladesh cricket board head said on Friday its players will now only travel with proper security assurances, after the national team narrowly escaped the New Zealand mosque attacks that left at least 49 dead, reports AFP.

The Bangladesh team were visiting Christchurch for the final Test of a three-match series against New Zealand and arrived at one of the city's mosques for Friday prayer when shooting began.

"The security arrangement (in Christchurch) was nowhere near what we usually provide. It's not just here, wherever we go, we don't get that much security," Nazmul Hassan said in Dhaka.

Starting Friday, he added, "We need to be assured about minimum security... otherwise it's not possible to go."

Nazmul urged cricketing authorities across the globe to change the perception 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.

Australia's cricket team boycotted a tour in Bangladesh in 2015 citing a lack of security.

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