- Australia's two-Test tour to Bangladesh remained on hold Wednesday with
players returning to their home states after new warnings about security in the
south Asian nation.
Australia delayed the departure of the Test team on Sunday after receiving
advice from foreign ministry officials that militants may be planning attacks
on Australian interests in the country.
has been no change to the situation or our current position," a Cricket
Australian official told AFP via e-mail.
we're waiting for a decision, players have been asked to re-join their state
has insisted that the players will be given the level of security usually
reserved for visiting heads of state, with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan
saying the "highest security protocol" would be provided.
the death of an Italian aid worker in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter - shot three
times on Monday night by attackers who fled on a motorcycle in a murder claimed
by Islamic State group - has escalated safety fears.
schools in Bangladesh were closed on Tuesday while Western embassies restricted
their diplomats' movements.
British Foreign Office has warned against attending gatherings of westerners in
Bangladesh due to "reliable information" militants may be planning to
target western interests.
US embassy in Dhaka said its diplomats would be barred from attending
international hotels and advised citizens to follow suit.
is reliable new information to suggest that militants may be planning to target
Australian interests in Bangladesh," the embassy said in a security
attacks, should they occur, could likely affect other foreigners , including US
team officials travelled back from the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday after
talks with senior security and intelligence figures, including Khan.
were expected to meet with Australian foreign ministry officials Wednesday as
well as Cricket Australia's board, management and players.
prides itself on being a mainly moderate Muslim country. But the gruesome
killings of four atheist bloggers this year rocked the nation and sparked a
crackdown on hardline Islamist groups.
Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan, who also met with the Australian
officials early this week, said the delayed departure of Steve Smith's team had
been very disappointing.
is no risk for them in Bangladesh," Hassan told reporters Monday.
the first Test scheduled to start on October 9, Australia's World Cup football
qualifier against Bangladesh in Dhaka on November 17 could also be at risk.