Australian team bus hit by stone

BCB forms investigation committee, boosts security

Sports Correspondent

5th September, 2017 11:14:48 printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is aware of the incident of a damaged window of the Australia Cricket Team’s bus while returning to the hotel from the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong following the end of play on day one of the second Test on Monday.


According to the statement of BCB, they have taken this matter with utmost seriousness and a high-power committee has been formed by the concerned security agencies on Tuesday to investigate and find out the facts.


CA said the window was broken by a ‘small rock or stone’ as Australia’s players were returning to the team hotel after Monday’s opening day in the second Test in Chittagong. No one was injured.


“En route back to the hotel last night a window on the Australian team bus was broken. No one was injured in the incident,” CA’s security manager Sean Carroll said in a statement.


“Team security personnel are currently in discussion with local authorities while they investigate the cause, which is believed to have come from a small rock or stone.”


“Bangladesh authorities are taking the incident seriously and security has been increased on the route.”


CA added that it was “happy with security measures that have been in place and we are comfortable with the response from the Bangladesh authorities and the increased security presence we have been provided in light of the incident.”


Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner Iqbal Bahar told AFP a pebble kicked up by a police escort van providing security to the Australian team might have been responsible for the broken window.


He said parts of road back to the Australia team hotel were being repaired and there were a lot of pebbles.


“Still, we have set up a three-member inquiry team and they are investigating it,” Iqbal said.


“The incident took place at 6:30 pm at Mansurabad neighbourhood (in Chittagong) on the way to the hotel.”


“We can assure that there is no problem with security. (The) Australian team has arrived in the ground today. They are happy with security.”


The Board has been in constant communication with the Australian Cricket Team management. As added assurance, security measures have been enhanced on the traveling route of the teams.


The Australia Cricket Team has expressed its satisfaction and comfort with the security operation in place and has appreciated the response from the BCB and the local authorities following Monday’s incident.