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Indian team given all-clear for B'desh tour

Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2004, 0:55 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:The Government today gave the go-ahead to the Indian cricket team's tour of Bangladesh after a security delegation expressed satisfaction with the arrangements put in place in the wake of the death threat by a militant group.

The Government has advised the Cricket Board to proceed with the tour for matches in Dhaka since assessment of Chittagong, the other venue for the two-Test and three one-dayseries, is yet to be completed.

"The cricket team's visit to Chittagong will be decided on the basis of the assessment to be given to the government by the delegation," External Affairs Ministry spokesman NavtejSarna told reporters.

The Indian team has been booked for a morning flight for Dhaka tomorrow and with the government giving the go-ahead, the departure appears certain.

The Indian security delegation, which reached Dhaka last evening, carried out a thorough joint on-site inspection of the venues of the matches in Dhaka, team hotel as well as theroutes which would be used for local travel by the team.

"Our officials also made a number of recommendations for strengthening the security arrangements for the visiting team. These were accepted in entirety by the Bangladeshauthorities," he said.

Dhaka is slated to host the first Test (December 9-13) as well as the second and third one-dayers (Dec 26, 27).The Government today gave the go-ahead to the Indian cricket team's tour of Bangladesh after a security delegation expressed satisfaction with the arrangements put in place in the wake of the death threat by a militant group.

The Government has advised the Cricket Board to proceed with the tour for matches in Dhaka since assessment of Chittagong, the other venue for the two-Test and three one-day series, is yet to be completed.

"The cricket team's visit to Chittagong will be decided on the basis of the assessment to be given to the government by the delegation," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters.

The Indian team has been booked for a morning flight for Dhaka tomorrow and with the government giving the go-ahead, the departure appears certain.

The Indian security delegation, which reached Dhaka last evening, carried out a thorough joint on-site inspection of the venues of the matches in Dhaka, team hotel as well as the routes which would be used for local travel by the team.

"Our officials also made a number of recommendations for strengthening the security arrangements for the visiting team. These were accepted in entirety by the Bangladesh authorities," he said.

Dhaka is slated to host the first Test (December 9-13) as well as the second and third one-dayers (Dec 26, 27).

The Bangladesh Home Secretary Omar Farooq personally reviewed all the arrangements and has assured the implementation of all the additional measures requested by the Indian side.

"We deeply appreciate the co-operation and understading extended to the Indian security team and personal interest which is being taken by the Bangladesh Home Secretary to ensure there is no risk to the safety of the Indian security team."

The tour had come under a cloud after a militant outfit, identifying itself as Harkat-ul-Zihadi, threatened to kill the Indian players if they toured the country.

The BCCI welcomed the Government's decision and said it would make necessary logistic arrangements.

"We have received the communication from the Government, the matches in Dhaka have been cleared and we welcome the decision," BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla told PTI.

In Dhaka, the Bangladesh Cricket Board's Media Committee Chairman R A Mamun said they were yet to receive any fresh communciation from India on the tour but welcomed the decision nevertheless.

"We have not got any confirmation from India as yet but anyways we welcome the positive decision," he said.

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