The West Indies Under-19 cricket team is heading back to the Caribbean after concerns about safety during their tour of Bangladesh.
Hours after assuring that none of the squad was in danger after an explosion occurred a short distance away from their hotel in Chittagong on Saturday evening, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) issued a statement yesterday saying that it had decided to withdraw the team from the tour “in the best interest of the safety and security” of the players.
“The WICB’s decision was taken following consideration of a report on the situation in Bangladesh as prepared by WICB Security Manager Paul Slowe. The report emphasized that the current security environment in Bangladesh is not conducive to the playing of cricket in light of the 72 hours nationwide blockade and calls for countrywide dawn to dusk protest,” the WICB said.
“The State Department of the United States of America has also issued a travel alert to its citizens living in and travelling to Bangladesh.”
The WICB travel arrangements are being made to get the team back home as quickly as possible.
“The team will remain safely accommodated at the team hotel under adequate security protection until departure from Bangladesh,” it added, noting that the parents and guardians of the players have been kept abreast of the situation.