Discarded England batsman and outspoken star Kevin Pietersen has admitted that as a senior player, he wouldn’t be willing to tour Bangladesh if the need arises for a series. In his interaction ESPN Cricinfo, the South Africa-born England batsman stated that with the way recent events unfolding in Bangladesh, a few English players could pull out of the tour.
England’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh was confirmed yesterday by Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket. Strauss mentioned that ECB’s security team was more than satisfied with the security conditions to be provided in Bangladesh. Recent events have witnessed westerners being attacked in Bangladesh by fundamentalist elements.
“It’s not somewhere I’d like to be for the next six weeks,” Pietersen said, “The young ODI side might not have too many issues, but the older Test side might have a few issues.”Some of the older guys might have kids and other responsibilities, and might think ‘How can I get out of going to Bangladesh?’ They may think of this as an opportunity to get out of a Bangladesh tour. They’ll be looking at it. I know a lot of journalists don’t want to go to Bangladesh. So it’s going to be tough,” the right-hander added.
England wicketkeeper and destructive batsman Jos Buttler too admitted that a lot of consideration would have to be put in ahead of the tour. “There are things that people have probably never even considered before about cricket, and things people probably didn’t realize went on for every single tour we go on,”Buttler said. “They are normally never privy to these conversations behind the scenes.
“It’s probably new ground for a lot of people, some guys in the meeting – Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook – were part of the team that went back to India in 2008 (after 26/11 terror attacks) so have been in this situation before and probably know how to deal with it. But it’s new ground for people and it’s important we try to deal with it the best we can. “It was a positive meeting with lots of information to digest. All you can say is it’s something you have to digest. It’s tricky for us at the moment, we’ve got a game tomorrow and international cricket needs your full focus to perform well,” Buttler added.