Australia pulled out of U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh due to safety concerns

Jan 6, 2016 13:13 IST

Australia on 5 January 2016 withdrew from the Under-19 World Cup Tournament in Bangladesh. It pulled-out citing security reasons.

The decision was announced by Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland who said the decision was taken after monitoring the security situation in Bangladesh.

The tournament is scheduled to happen from 22 January to 14 February 2016. ICC announced that Australia will be replaced by Ireland team – the runners-up in the qualifying tournament in Kuala Lumpur in October 2015.

The first matches of the event will start on 27 January 2016 in which England will play against Fiji and Bangladesh will play against South Africa.

It will be the eleventh edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and the second to be held in Bangladesh, after the 2004 event.

Earlier in October 2015, Cricket Australia had cancelled senior men's Test tour of Bangladesh for similar reasons.

It seems that the decision was made after a series of militant violent attacks in the country since September 2015, including the shooting of three foreigners, two of whom died.

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