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Jos Buttler wants the focus to be on cricket during Bangladesh tour

Jos Buttler wants the focus to be on cricket during Bangladesh tour
Jos Buttler will lead England in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh
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England stand-in One-Day International captain Jos Buttler wants the focus to be on the game of cricket instead of the security concerns in their ongoing tour of Bangladesh.

England have currently arrived in Bangladesh and will be led by Buttler as Eoin Morgan opted out of the tour due to the security concerns.

The tour itself was in jeopardy after the terrorist attack in Dhaka in July but the England and Wales Cricket Board conducted an inspection and later gave a green signal.

Currently, there is a heavy security in place for the touring England side and Buttler feels that cricket will take centre stage once the tour begins.

“Security is paramount when travelling to the sub-continent (but) we are always looked after well,” said Buttler.

“Obviously there is a lot of security but that’s part and parcel of making the tour okay...I think those things will go back into the background. It will be a very competitive series.

“Bangladesh have been playing well in their own conditions. We need to be prepared.

“All we want to do is play cricket. Once we start, it will be very refreshing to start talking about the cricket side of things.

Giving his views on his interim captaincy stint, Buttler termed it an exciting challenge and clarified that it is only a short term role in the absence of Morgan during the Bangladesh tour.

“It is an exciting challenge and something that I have been looking forward to.

“I have been vice-captain for the last 18 months or so.

“I have a good relation with Eoin [Morgan], and I think we share very similar views on cricket and how we like the side to play.

“It is very much a short-term thing.”

On Tuesday, England will take on a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah for a tour match before embarking on the three-match ODI series which gets underway on 7th October.

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