Australia Pulls Out of U-19 CWC, ICC Invite Ireland Instead

The Australian senior team had postponed their Bangladesh tour last year due to similar fears.

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File picture of an Australian U-19 team (Photo: Twitter)

The ICC today invited Ireland to replace Australia in the Under-19 cricket World Cup and exuded confidence that the proposed security arrangements for the event in Bangladesh will be adequate.

Australia today withdrew from the U-19 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held from January 27 to February 14, claiming that the situation in Bangladesh has not improved since the senior team had postponed their Test tour last year.

The ICC said its own security manager and an independent security agency had been working closely with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Bangladesh security agencies, and that the planned security arrangements were satisfactory.

Whilst the ICC notes and respects the position of Cricket Australia, which we understand is based on advice received from the Australian Government, we are obviously disappointed with the decision. The ICC takes its responsibilities around the safety and security of ICC events extremely seriously. 

David Richardson, International Cricket Council CEO 

Richardson also added that the ICC will continue to monitor the situation in Bangladesh.

Naturally, as part of that planning process, the ICC’s own security team, supported by an independent security agency, will continue to monitor closely the situation in Bangladesh, including all travel advisories provided by relevant government agencies.

David Richardson, International Cricket Council CEO 

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