On Thursday evening, England’s ODI squad was scheduled to be briefed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) security team about the safety situation on their scheduled tour of Bangladesh in October. খবরটি বাংলায় পড়তে এখানে ক্লিক করুন:
Following the meeting, the ECB has confirmed that the England tour of Bangladesh will go ahead as planned. However, It is understood that England’s players will be given a no-consequences option to skip the tour if they, or their families, are uncomfortable with their involvement.
ECB tweets regarding Bangladesh tour
Later they gave an statement through their official website:
England and Wales Cricket Board tonight confirmed that England’s tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned.
A full assessment of facilities and operations in both Bangladesh and India was made this month by Reg Dickason, Director of Security Management for ECB – and a consultant for the PCA – ECB Director of Cricket Operations John Carr and Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association David Leatherdale.
England players – including Test captain Alastair Cook and One-Day captain Eoin Morgan – were tonight briefed on arrangements and the risk assessment by Reg Dickason, alongside Andrew Strauss, David Leatherdale, John Carr and ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison.
Following the meeting, Andrew Strauss said:
“England’s Tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned.
“Safety and security of players and management are always paramount. We’ve received a thorough risk assessment, had excellent insight into the current situation and been fully briefed on security commitments. ECB and PCA have the utmost confidence in the advice and support we’ve been given.
“Tonight we discussed details with the players and management in an open meeting. They asked lots of questions, have time to ask more and will clearly want to take it all in – we understand that. Selection for the Tour will be made after the end of the summer internationals.”
“We will, as always, continue to monitor the situation right up to and throughout the tour.”
Arriving on 30 September, England are scheduled to play three warm-up matches, three One-Day internationals and two Test matches, before leaving Bangladesh on 2 November. They will then travel to India for a five-Test series starting on 9 November.