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Australia likely to tour Bangladesh in 2017

By Rashmi Nanda -
James Sutherland, the chief executive of the Cricket Australia has said that Australia is almost sure to tour Bangladesh for two Tests in 2017 if there are not extra security matters arise in the period in-between.

After receiving the suggestion from the federal government that there were high risks on touring there as a result, Australia had postponed their Test tour October 2015. In early 2016, for the same reason, it should be Australia also didn't  send their team for the Under-19 cricket World Cup hosted by Bangladesh.

CA the chief executive told ABC radio about the chances of Australia touring Bangladesh in 2017, "I think they`re quite high. What we saw at the end of last year was the England team tour Bangladesh. We certainly saw very strong security around the team. We actually sent our head of security, Sean Carroll, over to observe for seven or ten days, just to get a little bit of comfort on the systems and processes that were in place."

Sutherland also stated, "Anything can happen between now and then, and we continue to monitor what`s happening in Bangladesh, but we work on the assumption that we`re going to play and we start to plan accordingly. At the moment I would assume that we would be playing two Tests over there."

Though, James Sutherland hinted that Australia is most likely to play the Tests in either August or September. Since 2006, Australia has not played a Test series in or against Bangladesh.