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November 14, 2012
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WI players safe as violence erupts in Dhaka

West Indies' Kieran Powell acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century during the first day of the first cricket Test match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. - AP

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

West Indies cricketers in Bangladesh are safe and have not been affected by the violence in the capital Dhaka, cricket authorities in the region reported late yesterday.

The first Test between the two sides entering its second day today will proceed as scheduled and the violence has now been contained, said a joint statement issued by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

The joint statement was issued after violence erupted in parts of Dhaka leaving 30 people, including 20 policemen, wounded.

Despite assurances that West Indies players and management are safe the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced additional security for the visitors.

"Following reports of violence in Bangladesh on Tuesday, November 13, the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players' Association wish to jointly assure the Caribbean public that the West Indies players and members of the Team Management Unit are all safe and that at no time was their security under threat," said the joint statement released late yesterday.

Bangladesh media have been reporting that members of a political organisation known as the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir have been attacking law enforcers with sticks, bricks and have been hurling stones at policemen, vehicles and roadside buildings.

The WICB and WIPA say they will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with the players and the Management Unit.

A meeting with the Team Management, the BCB security personnel and the WICB security personnel is scheduled for today Bangladesh time to review the situation.

"Purely as part of the measures of extreme precaution, the BCB security personnel have advised the team members to remain indoors," the release said.

First day scores in the Test match: West Indies 361 for four (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 123 not out, Kieran Powell 117, Denesh Ramdin 52 not out, Chris Gayle 24; Sohag Gazi 3-97).

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