Players trust ECB security delegation - James Anderson
England fast bowler James Anderson stated that the players will trust the security delegation of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on any decision which will be made regarding the tour of Bangladesh.
England’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh has been clouded by security concerns after a terrorist attack in Dhaka and currently an ECB security delegation is conducting a pre-tour inspection.
ECB security advisor Reg Dickason, ECB director of cricket operations John Carr and David Leatherdale of the Professional Cricketers’ Association are the members of the security delegation in Bangladesh.
According to Anderson, the call regarding the Bangladesh tour should be left to security delegation and not to the players.
“Obviously as players when you’re going on tour somewhere where there have been incidents in the last few months, you try to keep tabs on it and there are discussions going on among players,” Anderson said.
“Reg is brilliant at his job and he’s looked after us for the best part of 10 years and David is there with the PCA.
“We’ll get their feedback when they arrive back.
“If there are any doubts they will make the call and we trust their ability to see what the safety is like.
“These decisions aren’t - or really shouldn’t be - in the hands of players.
“You should have every bit of honest, open information on how safe it is going to be and whether that’s an email or a meeting I’m sure that will be passed to us.”
England were involved in a similar situation during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack in India while they also declined to face Zimbabwe during the 2003 Cricket World Cup due to security concerns.
Anderson, who was a part of both the squads in 2003 and 2008, feels that the current situation is different from the incidents in India and Zimbabwe.
“The situation is different this time because of the time before the tour goes ahead. In India we were all together as a group,” said Anderson.
“With Zimbabwe, we didn’t have our own security as we do with Reg now, it was all on the ICC’s recommendations.
“I’m sure those of us (who were part of those trips) will try to help if necessary, but if someone is particularly uncomfortable I’m sure they can raise it with the coach, the captain or a senior official within the ECB.”
The pre-tour inspection in Bangladesh is expected to last for three days and the ECB security delegation is also set to meet the country’s home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan.
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