After the horrific shooting incident in New Zealand’s Christchurch where the Bangladesh team survived a close shave, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said that the board will be asking for a minimum level of security that is optimum for a cricket team before they go to overseas tours. In case that security requirement is not met, the team will not be able to tour.
During a brief to the media at his residence in Gulshan today, the president first and foremost informed that everyone in the team was safe in the team hotel.
“All members of the team are safely at the team hotel. When I heard the news, I talked to [Khaled Masud] Pilot, then Tamim [Iqbal], [Mahmdudullah] Riyad and Mushfiqur [Rahim] one by one. They are all at the hotel and are safe,” he informed.
The BCB president said that when it came to security issues ‘we don’t demand too much in regards to security for our overseas tours; no one actually does when they play in countries like New Zealand.’ He went on to say that he felt maybe New Zealand was not equipped to handle the emergency that dawned upon the police.
“I don’t think they had any idea that something like this could happen there. For example preparation and everything, the amount of time it needed for the police to get there is not normal.”
The incident that left several injured and many dead, means that the BCB will be more aware of security measures for overseas tours.
“I think maybe they were caught unaware by the scenario and will be more alert from now on. What the other countries will do in this scenario is uncertain. What is certain after this incident is that we will ensure our minimum required security ourselves. We will only tour those countries which can provide that security or else we will not be able to visit.”