West Indies U-19s cancel Bangladesh tourNew Age online
The West Indies Cricket Board has withdrawn its Under-19 team from the ongoing tour of Bangladesh, following an explosion near the team hotel in Chittagong on Saturday.
A WICB statement confirmed the decision early on Monday morning, as they looked to ship the team out of Chittagong at the earliest.
‘The WICB's decision [to withdraw the team] was taken following consideration of a report on the situation in Bangladesh as prepared by WICB security manager Paul Slowe,’ the statement said.
‘The report emphasised that the current security environment in Bangladesh is not conducive to the playing of cricket in light of the 72 hours nationwide blockade and calls for countrywide dawn-to-dusk protest.
‘Travel arrangements are being made to allow for the team's return to the Caribbean as quickly as possible. The team will remain safely accommodated at the team hotel under adequate security protection until departure from Bangladesh.’
On Sunday, following the assurance of ‘reinforced’ security from the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the WICB had said the team was ‘not targeted and was not in any immediate danger.
The second match of the ODI series, scheduled to take place on Sunday, was postponed to Monday, following the incident near the hotel. West Indies had lost the first game, but were scheduled to play seven matches in all in the series.
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