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WI cricketers safe as violence erupts in Bangladesh

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 8:02 AM    

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West Indies cricketers in Bangladesh are safe and have not been affected by the violence in the capital Dhaka, cricket authorities in the region reported late Tuesday.

The first test between the two sides entering its second day Wednesday will proceed as scheduled and the violence has now been contained, said a joint statement issued by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

The joint statement was issued after violence erupted in parts of Dhaka leaving 30 people, including 20 policemen, wounded.

Despite assurances that West Indies players and management are safe the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced additional security for the visitors.

“Following reports of violence in Bangladesh on Tuesday, November 13, the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players’ Association wish to jointly assure the Caribbean public that the West Indies players and members of the Team Management Unit are all safe and that at no time was their security under threat” said the joint statement released late Tuesday.

“As a measure of extreme precaution however, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has put additional security measures in place”.

Bangladesh media have been reporting that members of a political organisation known as the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir have been attacking law enforcers with sticks, bricks and have been hurling stones at policemen, vehicles and roadside buildings.

The group was ending a nine-day agitation programme to press home its demand for the immediate release of its party leaders including those facing war crimes.

“The area in which the violence occurred is not within close proximity to the team hotel or the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium at which the first Test match is currently taking place” the release stated.

“All reports received by both WICB and WIPA indicate that the situation has been contained and is under control and that under the circumstances the Test match will proceed as scheduled”.

The WICB and WIPA say they will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with the players and the Management Unit.

A meeting with the Team Management, the BCB security personnel and the WICB security personnel is scheduled for Wednesday morning Bangladesh time to review the situation.

“The WICB and WIPA wish to reiterate their joint assurance to the public that the West Indies team is safe and has not been under any threat at any time” said the statement.

“Purely as part of the measures of extreme precaution, the BCB security personnel have advised the team members to remain indoors”.

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