Scots plan for U19 cricket World Cup despite concerns

Ryan Brown, right, is one of four Capital-based cricketers in the Scotland Under-19 squad. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Ryan Brown, right, is one of four Capital-based cricketers in the Scotland Under-19 squad. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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Cricket Scotland are monitoring the situation, but the country’s best young players are still set to travel to Bangladesh for the under-19 World Cup later this month despite Australia having pulled out amid security concerns.

The Scotland squad – including Capital-based players Haris Aslam, Ryan Brown, Fin McCreath and Simon Whait – are due to head off to Sri Lanka next week for some friendlies and then arrive in Bangladesh for the main event on January 20.

Yesterday Cricket Australia, who postponed their full international team’s tour of Bangladesh last October, pulled their under-19s out of the event.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: “Safety and security of Australian teams and officials is our number one priority.

“Regrettably, the advice from our Government suggests that the security threat to Australians travelling to Bangladesh remains as high now as it was when we postponed the Test team’s tour of that country.”

Cricket Scotland said: “Cricket Scotland are continuing their preparation to participate in the ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.

“We will continue to monitor the position closely and take expert advice as appropriate.”