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30-Sep-2015 10:42:00 GMT
Australia in Bangladesh 2015

Bangladesh Tour in Doubt as Players Joins Home Team

Melbourne: Australia's test cricketers have been sent back to their home states to train while awaiting a decision on whether their tour of Bangladesh will proceed amid increasing security concerns.

The team was scheduled to depart on Monday for a two-test series but was told to stay back after the Australian government warned of a potential security risk from militants in the Asian nation.

A security delegation sent by Cricket Australia to Bangladesh over the weekend has since returned home and was to report to local authorities on Wednesday, prompting speculation the tour will be cancelled.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has offered a higher level of security for Australia's players and urged the tour to go ahead.

But at the same time the Australian security delegation was in the country, an Italian aid worker in Dhaka was shot dead in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Fast bowler Peter Siddle and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell returned to training in Melbourne, a Cricket Victoria spokesman said.

A decision on whether the tour will go ahead has to be made soon because Australia is scheduled to host New Zealand in a three-test series, starting in early November.

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