Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to provide the national side VVIP security for the upcoming tours of Ireland and England following the tragic shooting incident at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch in which Bangladesh's players narrowly escaped. As many as seven officials will travel with the Bangladesh team to ensure that the required security cover would be in place, reports Cricbuzz.
Addressing the media, BCB President Nazmul Hassan said: ''Players will be provided VVIP security during their stay in Ireland and England. Since the New Zealand incident, security has became a major issue and we need to address it and take a final decision in this regard.
"We have communicated with our Embassy in England and decided to employ the private security agencies comprising four members that are often asked to come forward when someone like our Prime Minister or any VVIP arrives there.
"Apart from that we will have our own security personnel to make sure everything moves smoothly. And ICC is expected to provide us two security official during the World Cup and we are taking them to Ireland on our own account while a member of BCB's security committee will always be there," he added.
Since the shootout incident, which killed 49 people and led to the cancellation of the third Test match at the Hagley Oval, Bangladesh board is in no mood to compromise on security matters and they have outlined a comprehensive security plan of their own.
Bangladesh will take on West Indies and Ireland in the tri-nation series starting from May 5. In addition to it, they will arrive in England seven days earlier than scheduled to have a residential preparatory camp at Leicestershire to acclimatize to English conditions before the World Cup.