Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fast Bowler's Tour Pledge despite Security Concerns

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fast Bowler's Tour Pledge despite Security Concerns

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CHRIS Jordan has complete trust in expert assurances of "more than enough security" for England's tour of Bangladesh - but will still respect any team-mate who thinks differently.

Jordan has become the second player to promise unequivocally that he will travel if selected at the end of this month.

The fast bowler was able to make a quick decision, in fact, once England's security adviser Reg Dickason briefed the squad that there was no reason to stay at home despite the terror attack in Dhaka in July which resulted in the loss of 29 lives.

Moeen Ali was the first to pledge his presence unequivocally on the plane to Bangladesh - after Jonny Bairstow gave a very strong indication he will be on board too, and Test captain Alastair Cook is understood to have promised the same privately.

Cook's limited-overs counterpart Eoin Morgan is still a very notable "don't know", while Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Alex Hales were also all undecided when they last spoke publicly on the matter.

Morgan will be required to make his mind up soon, following the conclusion of England's limitedovers summer in today's one-off NatWest Twenty20 against Pakistan at Old Trafford - and the selectors are planning to name squads next week for both the three one-day internationals and two subsequent Test matches.

For Jordan, there was relatively little soul-searching once Dickason spelled out his conclusions 11 days ago after a fact-finding mission to Bangladesh.

"If selected, I will definitely go," said Jordan. "Reg went over and brought back a thorough report - as he does for any trip ... everything from a security point of view, all of our routes to and from hotels and in and around training and playing days.

"I trust his judgement and, after the meeting, I was pretty happy to go. They obviously say they'll provide more than enough security - they reckon they'll overcook themselves on the amount provided." Jordan's concerns ended there and then - although he insists others must be respected if they are not convinced. …

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