England will not force any player to tour Bangladesh, vows ODI captain Eoin Morgan
England will not force any player to tour Bangladesh, said limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, in the wake of the 1 July attack on a Dhaka cafe, in which 22 people were killed
England will not force any player to tour Bangladesh, said limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, in the wake of the 1 July attack on a Dhaka cafe, in which 22 people were killed.
England's ODI squad will receive a briefing on Thursday from a three-member panel which toured Bangladesh to assess security for the series, comprising three ODIs and two Tests in October.
"I don't think anybody will ever be forced to go on a particular tour," Morgan told BBC Radio 5 live. "I think it's important for us to get together as a group, and be informed by people who we trust in order to make the right decisions and go from there."
Australia pulled out of their tour of Bangladesh last year over security concerns and did not compete in the Under-19 World Cup in the south Asian country for the same reason.
England's one-day team is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on 30 September, and Morgan had full faith in the wisdom of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). "I'm pretty open-minded," Morgan said. "You can't really rule out anything until you hear from the people that you trust. The ECB has made decisions over the years that have held us in good stead. We've never been in any danger before."
The ECB on Monday withdrew its men's and women's teams from the tour of Pakistan, citing increased concerns about travelling to the region.
The fifth Test was cancelled after a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp which made visiting players reluctant to play fearing a positive result might lead to 10-day isolation and scheduling nightmare of Indian Premier League.
It is understood that ECB will press for a forfeiture of the fifth Test which would allow them to claim the compensation from the insurance company.