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Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales to miss tour of Bangladesh

Both Eoin Morgan (left) and Alex Hales (right) will not be part of England's squad for Bangladesh tour.
Both Eoin Morgan (left) and Alex Hales (right) will not be part of England's squad for Bangladesh tour.
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England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan and swashbuckling opening batsman Alex Hales have decided to pull out from the upcoming tour of Bangladesh due to security concerns.

The tour which consists of three One-Day Internationals and two Test matches was clouded by security concerns but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to proceed with it after the security delegation team led by Reg Dickason gave the clearance.

However, Morgan's decision to skip the tour has come under the back of the terror attack in Dhaka in July, which had 22 men killed. Hales, who scored a record breaking 171 against Pakistan in the recently concluded ODI series has also made himself unavailable for the tour.

England's Director of cricket Andrew Strauss expressed disappointment on the duo's decision to pull out from the tour in a statement released by the ECB while confirming that the squad will be announced on Friday.

"Whilst we understand and respect Eoin and Alex's decision, we are disappointed that they have made themselves unavailable for selection for the Bangladesh tour," said Strauss.

"We have had open and honest conversations with all the players about the security arrangements in Bangladesh and at this stage we are not expecting any other individuals to withdraw from the tour.

"Final selection for the Bangladesh tour will now take place on Friday."

The statement also confirmed that Lancashire wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler will lead the ODI side in the absence of Morgan.

England Test skipper Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan have already confirmed their participation in the tour.

England are scheduled to reach Bangladesh on 30th September with the first ODI kicking-off in Mirpur on 7th October.

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