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England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour

AFP | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 26, 2016, 9:44 am IST
Updated Aug 26, 2016, 9:44 am IST
England are due to play 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in October and November against Bangladesh.
The future of England's tour to Bangladesh was thrown into doubt when an attack in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, saw 20 hostages killed, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility. (Photo: AP)
 The future of England's tour to Bangladesh was thrown into doubt when an attack in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, saw 20 hostages killed, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility. (Photo: AP)

London: England are to go ahead with their tour of Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Thursday.

"We can confirm that @englandcricket's tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned," said a statement on the ECB's official Twitter feed.

The future of the tour was thrown into doubt when an attack in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, saw 20 hostages killed, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility.

An ECB delegation led by led by security adviser Reg Dickason, accompanied by director of cricket operations John Carr and David Leatherdale of the Professional Cricketers' Association recently visited Bangladesh to make their own security assessment.

Following their return, the ECB said Thursday that the three one-day internationals and two Tests which England are due to play in Bangladesh in October and November before heading to India were set to go ahead as scheduled.

Australia cancelled their tour of Bangladesh in October for security reasons and then withdrew their side from the Under-19 World Cup in the country at the start of this year. England, however, fielded a team at the youth event.

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