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West Indies bring Under-19s team home from Bangladesh tour over security concerns

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The West Indies have pulled their Under-19s team out of a tour to Bangladesh over ongoing security concerns.

Protests have been ongoing in the country ahead of national elections scheduled for early in January with opposition supporters and security forces involved in violent clashes.

The West Indies Cricket Board made its decision on Sunday after a bomb exploded near the team's hotel in Chittagong and travel arrangements are being made for the squad to return to the Caribbean as soon as possible.

The decision highlights security concerns ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh in March and April.

A WICB statement read: "Acting in the best interest of the safety and security of the West Indies Under 19 team, the West Indies Cricket Board has today, taken a decision to withdraw the team from its tour of Bangladesh.

"The WICB's decision was taken following consideration of a report on the situation in Bangladesh as prepared by WICB Security Manager Paul Slowe.

"The report emphasized that the current security environment in Bangladesh is not conducive to the playing of cricket in light of the 72 hours nationwide blockade and calls for countrywide dawn to dusk protest.

"An explosion had occurred a short distance away from the team hotel in Chittagong on Saturday evening.

"The players and members of team management were not targeted and were not in immediate danger as a result of the incident."

They ended up only playing one of seven scheduled one-day internationals, which Bangladesh won by 104 runs.