England’s duo of batsman Alex Hales and captain Eoin Morgan will not be a part of the impending tour of Bangladesh. The players have opted out of the upcoming series of games due to concerns over their safety. The first match of the tour is set to begin at 2:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016.
Concerns over safety were recently expressed by England and Wale’s security chief Reg Dickason, after a visit to Dhaka. The Chief Security Officer spent two weeks in Bangladesh and India conducting his own inspections. He was accompanied by ECB head John Carr and Professional Cricketer’s Association chief David Leatherdale.
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The highly anticipated visit would rely on the best skills of the England team. England and Bangladesh played to an English home crowd at Adelaide Oval in March, 2015. Bangladesh won the last encounter in the World Cup Group Stage by 15 runs, with 275 runs for 7 overall.
If Eoin Morgan does not play in the tour, captain’s duties will be undertaken by wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler. Buttler has served as England’s captain before, with his first outing in that role leading to victory over Pakistan. The change of captain may affect the view some bettors have of the likely results for the three games. Left-hander Ben Duckett is likely to partner with Jason Roy.
Bangladesh has given several assurances that the cricketers will be secure during all three international matches. Those have come from both the Bangladesh Ministry Of Home Affairs and the Cricket Board. The main concern is for the safety of players as they travel from the ground to the team hotel. The team hotel will be cordoned off, with both the police and military playing an active role in providing security.
It is not possible to secure the buildings overlooking the routes, since the city is fairly crowded. In 2011, the West Indies team also received assurances of safety but the team’s bus was hit with stones while it transported players through Dhaka. That happened after the Windies gave Bangladesh a sound thrashing, beating them by nine wickets. Two windows were broken but fortunately, none of the players were injured.
Since July, 2016, there has been uncertainty over whether the tour of Bangladesh would even take place. A travel advisory has been issued to all Britons planning on visiting the Asian country. In July, 20 people were killed from among several taken hostage as gunmen stormed a cafe in Dhaka. Most of those killed were overseas nationals.
Andrew Strauss, England’s Director, stated that he is disappointed in the decision both players have taken. The upcoming matches against India will also be affected, since Hales is very likely to be unable to play in those tests. He was informed of their decision on Sunday night but their withdrawals had been anticipated throughout the week. While Strauss is disappointed that they will not make themselves available for selection, he said that England respects their decision.
The duo have received criticism from other quarters. Micheal Vaughn, a former England captain, feels that is a a huge mistake and Morgan may have difficulty convincing his teammates to go the extra yard in the future. They have received support from Ben Stokes, who said he will always back the decisions of teammates on matters such as this. He affirmed that both have thought long and hard before making their final decision and deserved respect for their choice.
Bettors who plan on placing bids on the tour through CMC Markets and similar providers are watching the developments closely. Bowler David Wiley should be clear to play as his fractured left hand is healing well. Jake Ball, who has been serving as cover for Wiley during his absence will also be a part of the squad. Stuart Broad may be unavailable to play and is due to have a scan on his left ankle.
Some bettors are quite excited about this series of one day internationals. They feel that despite these changes to the lineup, England has a good chance of winning since the side has gained extensive experience in one day matches. After discussions with each player, England does not foresee any more players withdrawing from the upcoming tour against Bangladesh.
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