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No Barmy Army in Bangladesh!

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The traveling English fans will not be following the team on tour to Bangladesh due to security concerns.

The Barmy Army, know globally as a group of traveling England fans, have said they would not be joining their team on tour in Bangladesh owing to prevailing security concerns. A statement issued on the group’s website informed while the BCB had taken an interest in advancing protection for fans, the measures not yet adequate to persuade then to go against FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) advice.”

Their announcement came two days after England ODI captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales said they would not be traveling to Bangladesh. Even though ECB said the tour would go ahead, after an appraisal of the security measures that will be in place.

The Barmy Army informed that behind the scenes they have been in communication with both the ECB and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). They were furnished with a list of hotels in Dhaka and Chittagong that will receive protection from the Bangladesh Police, and England supporters would have been afforded with their segregated area at the stadiums.

Since traveling to and from stadiums, patrons will be most vulnerable to attack due to local traffic conditions, Barmy Army has been provided with details of private security companies, the indication being that extra security will have to be borne by supporters.

They noted with great regret that they feel unable to recommend travel to Bangladesh.

Further noting those who were fortunate enough to have visited Bangladesh on previous tours did have lasting fond memories of a warm welcome, friendly locals, and fine food. Most notably the pleasure of being able to mix with the general population, especially around the stadiums.

Without fear, they were also able to roam and explore the teeming cities of Dhaka and Chittagong. Which FCO advice specifically is warning against.

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