Barmy Army not coming

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-16
Published : 16 Sep 2016, 14:06:31

Barmy Army pulls out of Bangladesh cricket tour over security concerns

Barmy Army not coming
A traveling fans group of the England cricket team ‘Barmy Army’ has decided not to tour to Bangladesh over security concerns.

“Whilst we are grateful that the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) are taking an interest, we feel these measures do not yet go far enough to persuade us to go against FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) advice,” said a statement on the group's website on September 13.

Earlier on September 11, Egland ODI captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales said they would not be travelling to Bangladesh despite the ECB saying the tour would go ahead, following an assessment of the security measures in place.

 “Behind the scenes we have been liaising with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and the BCB and have now received advice from the latter,” it added.

“We have been supplied with a list of hotels in Dhaka and Chittagong that will receive protection from the Bangladesh Police and been told that England supporters will be afforded their own segregated area within the stadium,” informed Barmy Army.

The English team is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on September 30 and will stay until November 2 to play three ODIs, two Tests and three practice matches in Dhaka and Chittagong.

Jos Buttler will lead the England one-day team to tour Bangladesh instead of regular captain Eoin Morgan, according to AP.

- TM
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