Bangladesh Cricket Board rules out using a neutral venue for upcoming England tour

Bangladesh Cricket Board

Bangladesh Cricket Board

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has ruled out using a neutral venue for their home series against England, should the visiting team cancel their tour of the south Asian country.

Concerns have been raised over the security of the tour in the wake of the attack on a Dhaka restaurant that left 20 dead on July 1.

England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has called it a ‘big concern’ and believes using a neutral venue to host the three one day internationals and two Tests is a ‘feasible’ option.

Bangladesh’s neighbours Pakistan have played the majority of their home matches at neutral venues in the Middle East in recent years due to safety fears back home.

However, the BCB’s chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury ruled out Bangladesh following suit: ‘We always believe this (neutral) is never a solution.

‘Cricket cannot stop in a country. The cricket operations of both BCB and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) are in continuous communication regarding the England tour of Bangladesh in October.

‘They are in discussion with the tour related matters, especially the logistics.’

An ECB spokesman said they would follow government advice on the trip.

‘A security delegate from England was supposed to come last month, but as they have tour of India after Bangladesh, I think they will do the security inspection of the two countries together,’ Chowdhury added.

We will get to know when they get confirmation from the two boards.’

Security has been an issue in the country previously. The Australian team postponed their tour of Bangladesh last year and then pulled out of the U19 World Cup following advice from their government.

‘We have very good track record of hosting successful international events with the support from the government and the law enforcement departments,’ Chowdhury said.