Sydney - Australian officials were on
Tuesday returning from Bangladesh after meetings with high-level security
figures, but no final decision has yet been taken on the upcoming Test tour,
Cricket Australia said.
The team's departure was delayed on Sunday
on security fears, prompting Dhaka to pledge to provide the kind of measures
usually reserved for visiting heads of state if the tour goes ahead.
"There has been no change to our
position on the matter," a spokesperson for Cricket Australia said via
email on Tuesday.
CA's anti-corruption and security manager
Sean Carroll met top security and intelligence officials in Dhaka on Monday.
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan
and Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan, who insisted there was no
risk to the players, were also at the meetings.
"Following yesterday's meetings, our
head of security (Carroll), team manager (Gavin Dovey) and team security
manager (Frank Dimasi) are on their way home from Bangladesh for further
meetings with the Department of Foreign Affairs and to brief our board,
management and players on the situation," the CA spokesperson said.
In delaying the team's departure, CA chief
executive James Sutherland said the Canberra government had identified a
potential security risk to its nationals' interests in Bangladesh.
Australia's foreign ministry warned on
Friday of "reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning
to target Australian interests in Bangladesh".
On Monday the British government also
warned that militants may be targeting western interests in the country, the
same day that an Italian charity worker was shot dead by attackers in Dhaka.
"UK officials have been advised to
limit attendance at events where westerners may gather," it said in a
Bangladesh prides itself on being a mainly
moderate Muslim nation but the gruesome killings of a series of atheist
bloggers this year rocked the country and sparked a crackdown on local hardline
The first Test is scheduled from October 9
in Chittagong and the second from October 17 in Dhaka following a three-day
warm-up match scheduled to start on Saturday in Fatullah.