ICC invites Ireland after Australia withdraw from U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh

Cricket Australia is concerned over security issues ahead of global event.

Updated: Jan 05, 2016, 14:31 PM IST
ICC invites Ireland after Australia withdraw from U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh

New Delhi: Australia have withdrawn from the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh due to concerns over player safety, according to a report on the Cricket Australia (CA) website.

CA is concerned over security issues ahead of global event.

Last year, Australia's senior men's side had postponed their scheduled tour of Bangladesh citing similar reasons.

The ICC invited Ireland to replace Australia in the tournament and exuded confidence that the proposed security arrangements for the event in Bangladesh will be adequate.

The ICC said its own security manager and an independent security agency had been working closely with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Bangladesh security agencies, and that the planned security arrangements were satisfactory.

"Whilst the ICC notes and respects the position of Cricket Australia, which we understand is based on advice received from the Australian Government, we are obviously disappointed with the decision," said International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson.

"The ICC takes its responsibilities around the safety and security of ICC events extremely seriously.

"And taking into consideration the full and unequivocal support of Bangladesh government that has been afforded to us at the highest level and through all local security agencies, the advice we have received from our own and independent security experts, and the robust security plan that has been developed, the ICC remains of the view the it is appropriate for event planning to continue as scheduled," he added.

Richardson said ICC will continue to monitor the situation in Bangladesh.

"Naturally, as part of that planning process, the ICC's own security team, supported by an independent security agency, will continue to monitor closely the situation in Bangladesh, including all travel advisories provided by relevant government agencies," he said.

"Security plans associated with an event of this size and stature are always subject to continual review to ensure that they remain appropriate and fit for purpose, and this event is no different.

"The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is an extremely important event on the ICC calendar. We remain confident that the ICC, in conjunction with the BCB, will be able to successfully deliver this event in Bangladesh," he added.

(With PTI inputs)