England given green light to tour Bangladesh

ECB's security delegation during their inspection at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka Raton Gomes/BCB

The ECB have confirmed that the England tour of Bangladesh will go ahead as planned.

Concerns were raised after Dhaka, the nation's capital, suffered a terrorist attack in July that left many dead. Australia cancelled their tour to the country at the end of last year due to security concerns.

But a security delegation that included the ECB's security advisor Reg Dickason, the Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive David Leatherdale and the ECB's director of cricket operations John Carr, has recently returned from India and Bangladesh after completing a venue inspection ahead of the tours. They concluded that, with the level of security promised by the Bangladesh government, that it will be safe for the tour to go ahead.

It is understood that England's players will be given a no-consequences option to skip the tour if they, or their families, are uncomfortable with their involvement.

Current government advice from the Foreign Office currently states that there is "a heightened threat of further terrorist attacks" in Bangladesh and warns those travelling to minimise their exposure to "crowded areas and places where westerners are known to gather".

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