MNA Editorial Desk: It would not be wrong if we say that, England is now a prime target for terrorists as recently the country has witnessed several bloody terrorist attacks.
Though we are concerned about the recent terrorist attacks in London, we will focus more on comparing the statement of Australian Cricket Board about security concerns in London while it was again rocked by terror on Saturday with fatal attacks on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.
This latest attack on London is the third terrorist incident in England since March. On March 22, 2017 a police officer was fatally stabbed and four others were run over and killed by a car near Westminster’s Houses of Parliament. Then on May 22, 2017 a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 23 people.
The Australian side is in England at the moment for the Champions Trophy, and is due to face Bangladesh on Monday at The Oval.
A Cricket Australia (CA) spokesman today said the governing body would work with the ICC and tournament organizing committee to ensure the Australian party’s safety.
“At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation,” he said.
But sadly in 2015, Australia have postponed their Test tour to Bangladesh because of security concerns though the BCB Board had promised “VVIP” treatment for the Australian team, saying they would be given the same level of security allotted to visiting heads of state.
Cricket Australia (CA) then said, “An independent security assessment found a risk of terrorism in Bangladesh targeting Australian nationals”.
“We have worked tirelessly to find a way for the tour to proceed, but in the end it was simply not possible,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said then.
“From an Australian perspective, the safety of our players and officials is our highest priority. We will work with the Bangladesh Cricket Board to reschedule the tour as soon as possible,” he added.
However, it is not the first time an Australian team has been in England at the time of terror attacks. The Australians were on their 2005 Ashes during the deadly London Underground blasts of 2005.
Australian team has also refused to play matches in Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the past because of security concerns.
So, the Australian team management and board is finding England a safe place in spite of consecutive terror attacks but did not trust our security promises in 2015.
We are of course supporting playing in England because we cannot be over concerned with terrorist attacks. But we are ashamed of Cricket Australia’s two-faced approach for different countries. We hope they respect all the countries equally in the future.