Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buttler & Co Weighing Up Tricky Tour Decision ... as Strauss Gives Backing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buttler & Co Weighing Up Tricky Tour Decision ... as Strauss Gives Backing

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JOS Buttler admits England's cricketers are in unfamiliar territory as they weigh up whether to tour Bangladesh this autumn, though director of cricket Andrew Strauss is "very confident" in the security arrangements.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Thursday the tour, comprising two Tests and three one-day internationals in Dhaka and Chittagong, would proceed as planned despite the heightened threat of terrorism - but individual players will be given the chance to withdraw.

A meeting was held with the ODI squad plus Test captain Alastair Cook prior to that announcement with ECB 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.

Twenty hostages and two police officers were killed during an attack in Dhaka last month and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises Westerners could be at greater risk - but the ECB is content the necessary safeguards have been put in place.

Strauss hopes for full availability but players will be given breathing space to consider the report before deciding whether to take part.

Wicketkeeper Buttler faced the media ahead of today's second oneday international against Pakistan and gave the impression no conclusions had been reached inside the dressing room.

He said: "It was a positive meeting last night. Lots of information to digest.

"As a player you felt there was a great duty of care from the board and a lot has been considered, which was put across to the players.

"It's a lot to digest, which is tough to do mid-series.

"There's no good time for these things to happen but they have to be discussed and it's paramount we are as professional as we can be and think about it when we can.

"It's tricky for us at the moment, we have a game tomorrow and international cricket needs your full focus to perform well. …

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