October 27, 2016

Moeen Ali says he will ‘definitely go’ to Bangladesh

Moeen Ali. Photo: AFP

Moeen Ali became the first England player to unequivocally commit to touring Bangladesh, a day after one-day captain Eoin Morgan said he had yet to make up his mind, reports ESPNcricinfo.

Since the tour was given the go-ahead last week, following a visit by an ECB delegation led by head of security Reg Dickason, most players are said to have been unwilling to give their stance on whether they will undertake the trip having been told they can all take an individual call over the tour which was in doubt after the Dhaka terrorist attack in July.

But, according to ESPNcricinfo, ahead of the final ODI against Pakistan at Cardiff, Moeen said he had no qualms about undertaking the tour but understood if others felt differently. There is a chance that Moeen, who plays all three formats, could be rested for the one-day leg but will be an integral part of England’s Test plans, said the report.

“If selected, I’ll definitely go,” Moeen was quoted to have said. “I’m pretty happy with everything and really looking forward to it.”

On Friday, Jonny Bairstow had also come close to guaranteeing his participation in the trip after saying he has “a lot of faith” in the security advice given by Dickason, added the report.

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