To address the growing concerns over Bangladesh's capability to host the Asia Cup in February 2014 due to ongoing political instability, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will take two crucial steps ahead of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on January 4 in Sri Lanka.
The first involves BCB sending a delegation to the opposition alliance, requesting them to leave cricket 'outside' of their future political programmes. The second will be to chalk out a 'foolproof security plan' that the board aims to present at the ACC meet.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon and ACC CEO Syed Ashraful Haque held an informal meeting yesterday and discussed the agenda of the ACC meet. In an impromptu press conference after the meeting Papon said that the board was focusing on enhancing the security measures.
"The most important issue is security. We are working on a plan that will be based on the ICC guidelines. We want to make a strong and a foolproof plan by the 30th [of December]. We will then submit this to the ACC," informed Papon.
The president further stated that they had drafted a letter for the opposition parties and are currently awaiting an appointment with them.
"We will request them not to hold tough programmes during the period [February-April] when the events will take place. And even if they plan to do so, we will ask them to keep cricket outside of it. It will be a big gain if we can get their support," said Papon.
Ashraful, who was also present in the press conference, emphasised the importance of explaining the scenario appropriately in front of ACC.
"I believe that if the BCB does implement the steps that the president discussed with me then there should be no problems," said Ashraful.
Bangladesh will be hosting a number of events next year. Sri Lanka are scheduled to come here at the end of January, after which the Asia Cup is scheduled to begin in February. The ICC World Twenty20 will begin in March.
Pakistan Cricket Board recently voiced concerns regarding the ongoing political instability, while Sri Lanka have said that they would closely monitor the situation.