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01-Oct-2015 17:36:00 GMT
Australia in Bangladesh 2015-16

Australia tour to Bangladesh postponed due to concerns

Melbourne: Australia's Qantas Tour of Bangladesh has officially been postponed due to concerns over player safety.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland confirmed on Thursday that the scheduled month-long tour, which was set to get underway with a warm-up match in Fatullah on Saturday, will not go ahead as planned.

Members of Australia's Test squad were sent back to their respective state sides on Wednesday and will now take part in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, which starts in Sydney on Monday.

Australia's 15-man squad had been scheduled to fly out for Bangladesh last Monday morning but were delayed after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade informed CA they had "reliable information" about a possible security risk.

The team was put on standby while CA sent a three-man security delegation to Dhaka to meet with the highest levels of Bangladeshi government and security organisations. The trio returned to Australia on Tuesday night for further talks with DFAT and to report back to CA's board and the Australian Cricketers' Association.

Having considered the reports from the security delegation and the Australian government, Sutherland said it was with "deep regret" that he announced the tour would be postponed.

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