Earlier this week both Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales ruled themselves out of England’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh over safety fears following July’s terror attack in Dhaka.
Following the announcement England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has defended the decision of Morgan, the one-day captain, to stay at home. Buttler, who will now captain the side for three ODIs, revealed that he has also strongly considered withdrawing from the tour.
Buttler said that Morgan has “made the decision that is right for him and it is not one he has taken lightly”. Buttler urged people to respect Morgan’s decision and said that “cricket is not the be-all and end-all.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board has sent a three-man team to Bangladesh to inspect the security arrangements and security director Reg Dickason announced last month that the tour would go ahead.
Despite Buttler’s support both Morgan and Hales have come under heavy criticism from former England captain Nasser Hussain. Speaking earlier this week Hussain described the situation as “disappointing for England” and said that, “The opening batsman Alex Hales has been instrumental and a driving force in the turnaround in English one-day cricket over the last 18 months.”
In regards to Morgan he said that he personally believes that Morgan should be there as he thinks “a captain in charge of a team should be there with his team but I fully understand the decision that they’ve made.”
The future of Hales and Morgan in international cricket is now uncertain and Hussain believes that the pair could find themselves on the fringes of English cricket after this winter’s tour. He said that if their replacements perform well then it is highly likely that they will face a tough battle to get their places back on the team.