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After a near-perfect outing against Pakistan, England will be eager to prove their mettle as a limited-overs outfit in Bangladesh. However, even before the tour can commence, there has been a lot of pessimism surrounding the English camp. After reports of the tour being cancelled completely as a whole, a security team from ECB was satisfied with the proposed arrangements for the tour.
Things, however, went southwards when England’s limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan decided to skip the tour. Morgan, along with opener Alex Hales, cited security reasons as a motive to skip the tour of Bangladesh. That didn’t go down too well within the English cricketing circles, as former skippers lashed out against Morgan.
Jos Buttler, who was recently named as England’s captain for the tour, fully supported Morgan, and said that the latter was still the full-time skipper. “This definitely won’t divide the dressing room,” Buttler said. “We’re a tight-knit group of guys and we will stay that way. Everyone’s very good friends in that set-up and we want it to remain that way. We won’t let anything like this come between any of us in the side. “We’re all working towards the Champions Trophy here next summer and the World Cup a couple of years later. The players in that dressing room want to be winning that trophy together. That’s everyone’s aim,” he added.
Mentioning the fact that Morgan was still the full-time skipper, Buttler said, “Eoin Morgan remains captain of the ODI side. I fully expect he will take up the reins again when he is available. He’s very much the captain of the team. We’ve made fantastic progress under him. He’s very much the captain of the team in my eyes.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman admitted that the phase surrounding the tour had been a difficult one for all the members.”It’s been a tough decision for everyone. Reading things in the press and having a lot of information about it, you do have some worries. There are bigger things in the world than cricket and these are things that, as cricketers, we haven’t experience,” Buttler said.
“We are a very close team and we did have some discussions. We talked about people’s worries and about how they felt. At the end of the day, it is a completely personal decision and everyone respects whatever decision people have made and that is all you can say. Everyone has made an individual decision. “As a group, we spoke about how everyone will respect whatever individual decision is made and we’ll back everyone 100%.”