England focus on cricket, not security

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:32, Oct 02,2016 | Updated: 23:57, Oct 02,2016

 
 

England national cricket team players are seen during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. — New Age photo

Visiting England cricket team will focus on playing cricket rather than on concerning on security as they feel Bangladesh is a secured place to play exciting cricket, said their skipper Jos Buttler on Sunday.
England team will play their three-match one-day international series under Butler as their regular captain Eoin Morgan withdrew from the tour for security concern.
After the Gulshan incident, where extremists killed 18 foreigners, the security issue of Bangladesh became a big concern but Buttler believed once they take on the field the play would become pivotal issue over security.
‘Once we start playing cricket, those things will go into the background,’ said 28-year Buttler, who just have the experience of leading the side once in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan in last November.
‘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,’ he added.
Apart from Morgan, another English player Alex Hales also withdrew himself for the security concern but Buttler thought there is no danger as English Cricket Board has checked the matter with paramount importance and the players should not be concerned on that.
‘Once the decision was taken by the ECB, the tour would go ahead. The players’ safety is paramount to them. The board has left no stones unturned in coming here.
‘When you walk into a room full of people you understand the passion for cricket here. We want to be here and play cricket.
‘We wish security was never an issue. It is fantastic for Bangladesh and England that we are here.’
Bangladesh reached their first ever quarter-final in the World Cup by beating England by 15 runs and that not only eliminated the three-time finalists from the first round but also raised questions on their ODI capacity.
They regrouped after the World Cup and won all six ODI series since the tournament to prove their credential in this format.
Buttler played a key role as he scored three centuries, all with over strike rate of hundred, including the quickest ever in England history that not only helped them winning but also added an aggressive aura in their play that they lacked.
‘It is great for us to be here for this three-game series. We have been playing really well in the last 18 months when we have played an exciting brand of cricket,’ said Buttler.
‘We have a very talented side with some exciting young guys in the team. They are very hungry to push on.
‘We want to become one of the best one-day teams in the world. To do that, we have to adapt to conditions and play on all surfaces, he added.
Bangladesh on the other hand also won all their five ODI series since the World Cup that put them high in confidence at home condition and Buttler reckoned it will be tough challenge for them.
‘We will be playing against a confident team in their own conditions. If you look at the makeup of the Bangladesh side, their spinners have been doing well. We will be ready to get used to the conditions.
‘We are focused on ourselves and what we need to prepare. We are a young athletic team and I will want us to play in the same way.’
Buttler also was very thrilled on prospect of leading his side and he believed he will earn valuable experience from this endeavour.
‘It is very much a short term thing. The three games will be a great taste of what it is like to be a captain. It will be a great environment to play and captain in.’

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