ICC to continue U-19 WC preparation despite Australia’s withdrawal

Dubai, Jan.5 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that they will continue to prepare for this month’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh despite the withdrawal of the Australian team from the event, citing security and safety concerns.

Reflecting on the same, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that although they respect the position of Cricket Australia, they were quite disappointed with the decision.

“The ICC takes its responsibilities around the safety and security of ICC events extremely seriously. And taking into consideration the full and unequivocal support of the Bangladesh government that has been afforded to us at the highest level and through all local security agencies, the advice we have received from our own and independent security experts, and the robust security plan that has been developed, the ICC remains of the view the it is appropriate for event planning to continue as scheduled,” Richardson said.

Richardson revealed that the ICC’s own security team would continue to closely monitor the situation in Bangladesh, including all travel advisories provided by relevant government agencies.

“Security plans associated with an event of this size and stature are always subject to continual review to ensure that they remain appropriate and fit for purpose, and this event is no different.

Describing the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as `extremely important, Richardson insisted that the ICC, along with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), would try their best to successfully deliver this event. (ANI)

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