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Security Concern

It is disappointing not to see any visible security: BCB CEO

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It is disappointing not to see any visible security: BCB CEO
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||CF Correspondent||

The Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said on Saturday that they are disappointed not to see any visible security in place during the just concluded tour of New Zealand.

“It is really unfortunate that we have not seen any visible security arrangements [during the tour]. Even, we knew nothing about their security system.’’ Nizamuddin told reporters at BCB premises on Saturday.

“But when we sign MOU it is expected that they will ensure national-level security,’’ he said.

“The level of security considered after a security assessment, and it differs in different countries. When a team comes to visit Bangladesh, our law-enforcement agencies assess the security and make the plans accordingly,’’ he said.

“At the same time, if the visiting team need something special they contact their high-commission and take necessary steps. This is the standard practice. In most of the cases, we do it when the teams like Australia, England or New Zealand visit us. Things are different for the sub-continental teams if there are no special circumstances,’’ he added.

“When a team goes abroad the responsibility of security goes on the organizing Cricket Board. Even, it is their duty to ensure that all other things are in the right place,’’ he added.

Bangladesh tour of New Zealand ended abruptly after the national cricketers survived a huge scare as they narrowly escaped a shooting incident at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on Friday.

Bangladeshi cricketers left Christchurch on Saturday as the series concluding the last Test was cancelled following the aftermath as both the countries decided that the prevailing condition is not appropriate to host the last Test, scheduled from March 16.

In the brutal shootout carried out at two different mosques at least 49 people were killed while 40 others were injured that it prompted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to term it a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's darkest days.

It was learnt that Bangladesh squad did not receive any visible security during the ongoing tour like the one their foreign counterparts are used to when they arrived in Bangladesh to play cricket.

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