The England Cricket Board in past few days has been divided into two groups of people. The first group is ready or we should say anxious to travel Bangladesh for the series whereas the second group consists of people who are reluctant to go on the tour and are yet to take a call for the same.
Test skipper Alastair Cook has made up his mind and has shown a green signal for the tour whereas the limited overs captain Eoin Morgan is yet to take a call regarding this. We understand that currently England team is busy playing against Pakistan and the members of the team need some time to think about it. Morgan thinks the same as he says “It is a completely individual thing, the decision any individual makes on the side is the right one and everybody will stand by whoever wants to go or not. I think that is very important. In that week [since the security briefing] we have not had a great deal of time to think about it. We have played a number of one-day games and not had a great deal of downtime. I think we will take as much time as we need to make a decision and to feel comfortable and to feel safe.
“If we’d had time off or no cricket between the meeting and now I can’t say I would be any closer to the decision but I would have had more time to digest everything and let everything settle,” Morgan added.
England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is also giving its players ample time to think over their decision with a free mind as Board has delayed the selection meeting for four days. The selectors were to select the team for Bangladesh tour on September 9 but the meeting has been delayed until September 13. This will give few days time to players to make up their mind before delivering the final verdict to ECB.
However Alex Hales has already announced that he is ready to go to the tour, he also remarked the fact that players missing out on Bangladesh are risking their place in the team.
As per the schedule, the England will land in Dhaka on September 30. Before the start of the international assignment, the England team will play a list A match on October 3 at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium at Fatullah. After that, the first ODI will be played on October 7 at Shere Bangle stadium at Mirpur. Second ODI will also be played on the same ground whereas the final ODI will be played at Chittagong.
After a rest of one week, the first test match will be played from October 20 followed by the last match of the tour which will commence on October 28. This will be a month-long tour for the English boys. From here the England will depart to India to play a test series that is scheduled to be played here.