The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday that they will neither call off nor alter the five-week tour to Bangladesh which is scheduled to start next month. The ECB has cleared that they will travel to Bangladesh as per the schedule. They have decided to agree for the tour after getting positive signs from the security delegation that travelled to Bangladesh earlier this month.
The security delegation of ECB gave a positive report to the board after ensuring safety measures and after having a meeting with the home minister of the country. The ECB then briefed both the captains, Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan before giving final yes for the series. The other team members were also informed regarding the tour going as per schedule.
Earlier there were doubts over the tour due to a terrorist attack which took place in Dhaka on July 1. A total of 22 people lost their lives in that attack out of which 20 people were not the residents of Bangladesh. From then the concerns were raised but now ECB has decided to send their team to Bangladesh for the tour.
“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 (Professional Cricketers’ Association) have the utmost confidence in the advice and support we’ve been given.” The England director Andrew Strauss said after the meeting.
The England team will land in Bangladesh 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.