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PCA STATEMENT ON BANGLADESH PREMIER LEAGUE

Statement from David Leatherdale, Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, on the Bangladesh Premier League:

“A number of contracted county players have contacted the PCA asking for guidance on their possible participation in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League.

“The PCA is supportive of the opportunity for players to play in any T20 league, including the BPL, provided those events constitute approved cricket and that players are provided with adequate protections and safeguards for contracts, security and anti-corruption.

“At this stage we, and the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, have not seen security plans for this event nor details of who will be providing security services during the tournament.

“The current England tour to Bangladesh was given the go-ahead after a detailed security visit by a delegation, which included myself, and following input from the Bangladesh government about the level of security that would be provided.

“It remains unclear whether a similar level of security will be provided for the Bangladesh Premier League which will involve a number of teams playing at different venues around the country.

“The political and security landscape in Bangladesh is volatile and needs to be constantly monitored in the lead-up to the event.

“The latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is that there is a heightened risk of further terrorist attacks against westerners and visitors to the country should remain vigilant, monitor local and social media and follow any specific advice from local security authorities to avoid certain areas.

“In those circumstances the PCA is advising its members not to travel to Bangladesh to play in the BPL . However those who do decide to travel as individuals do so at their own risk and, as in previous years, will be required to sign a disclaimer to that effect before they receive a No Objection Certificate from the England and Wales Cricket Board.”