TOUR SCUTTLED: West Indies Under-19 batsman Shemron Hetmeyer, foreground, bats against Bangladesh during the first game of their seven-match One-Day International series at Chittagong, Bangladesh on Friday, which the hosts won by 104 runs. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) withdrew the regional youth team due to security concerns after an explosion in Chittagong and a mass of public protests. —Photo courtesy WICB Media


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WICB recall U-19 team from Bangladesh — Page 70 —

The West Indies Under-19 cricketers’ series against Bangladesh has come to an abrupt end after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) decided yesterday to withdraw the visiting regional youth team, which includes three Trinidad and Tobago players: batsmen Jeremy Solozano and Bryan Charles, and wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran.
The second match in the series, scheduled for yesterday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, was initially postponed following a bomb blast near the team’s hotel on Saturday.
The match was rescheduled to today, at the same venue, but late yesterday the WICB followed up by announcing the pullout, based on the “consideration of a report on the situation in Bangladesh as prepared by WICB security manager Paul Slowe”.
The release read: “The report emphasised 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 State Department of the United States of America has also issued a travel alert to its citizens living in and travelling to Bangladesh.” There have been waves of violence and protest in the Asian country in recent days, with several bombings so far reported, and a number of deaths.
According to the WICB release, travel arrangements are being made “to allow for the team’s return to the Caribbean as quickly as possible”.
It continued: “The team will remain safely accommodated at the team hotel under adequate security protection until departure from Bangladesh.
“An explosion had occurred a short distance away from the team hotel in Chittagong on Saturday evening. The players and members of team management were not targeted and were not in immediate danger as a result of the incident.”
The WICB thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board for hosting the young Windies team and for security arrangements provided in Bangladesh, and advised that it has contacted players’ parents and guardians to update them on this latest development.
Only one of the seven scheduled ODIs have been played on the tour, with the Windies Under-19s being whipped by 104 runs.
Bangladesh Under-19s previously toured the West Indies in October for a series of seven ODIs in Guyana, which they won 4-3 after the regional side had overturned a 3-0 deficit to lock the series at 3-3.
West Indies U19 team:
Ramaal Lewis (Jamaica; captain), Jeremy Solozano (T&T; vice captain), Fabien Allen (Jamaica), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Bryan Charles (T&T), Tristan Coleman (Jamaica), Jonathan Drakes (Barbados), Shimron Hetmyre (Guyana), Jerome Jones (Barbados), Ray Jordan (Windwards), Brandon King (Jamaica), Preston McSween (Windwards),
Marquino Mindley (Jamaica), Gudakesh Motie (Guyana), Nicholas Pooran (T&T)
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