Bangladesh postpones South Africa women’s tour

Dhaka, Oct 6 (IANS) The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed a proposed tour by the South Africa women’s cricket team later this month in order to make new security arrangements.

The decision comes five days after Australia suspended their Bangladesh tour over security concerns, reports bdnews24.com.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said on Monday that he would speak with Cricket South Africa (CSA) about the new security plans for a tour of Bangladesh in the current context. The tour would be finalised after discussions with CSA during the ICC meeting on October 9.

He said the decision was ‘joint in a way’.

“We postponed (the tour) with mutual consent. They (CSA) wanted to know the security plans on behalf of the South Africa women’s cricket team. Unfortunately, unlike the men (teams), we never work out security plans for women’s cricket teams,” said Hassan.

BCB did not send the security plans they asked for.

“We told them ‘we are coming to Dubai’s ICC meeting’. We will have discussions about the series over there. We want to discuss this face to face so they don’t get any negative idea. We will try to arrange the kind of security they desire,” Hassan said.

The BCB chief believes that the series can be organised soon as the women’s cricket schedule is not too busy. The South African women were supposed to tour Bangladesh from October 15 onwards for five one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

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