England's tour to Bangladesh is set to go ahead
-Captain Eoin Morgan and 'several' young players have serious reservations
-Moeen Ali is the first player in the squad to say he would go on the tour
-Mal Loye warned of a terrorist attack targeting the Australia squad
-Morgan's influence over the younger players is likely to be important
England's tour to Bangladesh looks increasingly likely to go ahead despite serious reservations held by ‘several’ young players and one-day captain Eoin Morgan after Moeen Ali became the first to publicly state he will go.
England batting coach Mark Ramprakash is also committed to touring, while Mailsport understands senior Test players including captain Alastair Cook, Jimmy Anderson, Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes all intend to tour after Loye’s claims initially caused serious alarm last Sunday, reports The Daily Mail.
‘There was a major wobble last weekend and some of the lads were serious concerned but they have sought assurances and the mood seems to be calmer now,’ said one well-placed England source. ‘I’d expect the majority to go.’
ECB insiders insist they retain absolute faith in Dickason – who is widely respected and trusted by England’s players – and see no reason to speak to Loye for further information about what they can expect on the ground.
The Mail on Sunday (MoS) understand a number of younger players are still reluctant to tour while Morgan has already voiced his reservations, leading the ECB to delay naming the tour squad to September 13 to allow more time for them make up their minds.
On Friday, in an exclusive interview in the Daily Mail, England batting coach Paul Farbrace publicly committed to touring, saying he retained absolute confidence in Dickason and his security delegation, which returned from Bangladesh and India to report to England’s players 10 days ago.
On Saturday, England all-rounder Moeen Ali said he will tour.
Moeen said: ‘If selected, I’ll definitely go. I’m pretty happy with everything and really looking forward to it. Everyone’s different, and has their own views on things. It’s up to the individual: there’s no pressure on anyone.’
Asked if he could understand his team-mates’ doubts following a terrorist attack on a Dhaka bakery in July which left more than 20 dead, Moeen replied: ‘One hundred per cent. My view is you’re not safe anywhere these days.
The Mail on Sunday knows of at least two other younger players – who we have chosen not to name - who do not want to tour but will do so grudgingly in their believe their positions in the team will be threatened if they refuse to tour. The ECB has sought to assure them this is not the case, with England team director Andrew Strauss – who will travel to Bangladesh with the team along with ECB chief executive Tom Harrison – stating no pressure will be placed on players.
After the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, the tour -- scheduled to begin in October -- was thrown into uncertainty and a routine security visit of the relevant areas by a three-man ECB team assumed special importance.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced in an official statement on August 25 that England's tour to Bangladesh will go ahead as planned.