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England pair doubtful for Bangladesh

28 August 2016

Reg Dickason, England's head of security, cleared the tour, which starts on September 30 and includes three ODIs and two Tests, despite last month's Islamic State terror attack in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka that killed 20 people, including 18 foreigners.

Bangladesh is now deemed to be at heightened risk from terror attacks, with a recent atrocity in July ending in the death of 20 hostages and two police officers at a Dhaka cafe popular with westerners.

A meeting was held with the ODI squad plus Test captain Alastair Cook prior to that announcement, with European Central Bank security expert Reg Dickason, director of cricket operations John Carr and David Leatherdale of the Professional Cricketers' Association presenting the findings of their recent fact-finding trip to the country.

"Our decision to press ahead with this tour is based on the plans in place for the players and management", added Strauss.

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". "If they can be assured of that then there is no reason why they shouldn't want to go", said the former England captain.

The duo - who have taken 821 Test wickets between them - are not involved in the current one-day worldwide series against Pakistan, and nor were they likely to be involved in the one-off T20 global next month, either.

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Australia's cricket tour to Bangladesh was called off previous year due to security concerns.

England, however, fielded a team in the youth tournament.

Dealing with security threats has always been an issue for cricket, as it has been for other major sports and entertainment events.

"I certainly have real empathy for the players and their families and the European Central Bank would not send any team anywhere unless we were absolutely certain of the plans in place".

However, England's tour passed off without major incident. We welcome this decision understanding the extent of the intelligence behind it.

Bangladesh have played two ODIs against Afghanistan - losing the first by 32 runs in the 2014 Asia Cup before winning the next in the World Cup a year ago.

"We trust their ability to see what the safety is like".