Buttler hints at Bangladesh concerns


Jos Buttler will take careful consideration over whether to make himself available for England's tour to Bangladesh, stating it is "new ground" for numerous players.

England's tour was thrown into doubt by the terror attacks in the capital Dhaka in September which resulted in the deaths of 29 people.

After inspecting venues and operations in Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday the three one-day internationals and two Test matches will go ahead as planned in October.

The squad were subsequently briefed on the arrangements and risk assessment, and wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler admitted it was a lot to take in.

"It was a positive meeting last night - lots of information to digest. As a player you felt there was a great duty of care from the board and a lot has been considered, which was put across to the players," said Buttler ahead of the second ODI against Pakistan on Saturday.

"It's a lot to digest, which is tough to do mid-series. There's no good time for these things to happen, but they have to be discussed and it's paramount we are as professional as we can be and think about it when we can.

"It's tricky for us at the moment, we've got a game tomorrow and international cricket needs your full focus to perform well.

"It might be down to the individual, there might be guys who know what they are thinking - I can't really answer that for you.

"It's probably new ground for a lot of people. There are things that people have probably never even considered before about cricket and things people probably didn't realise went on for every single tour we go on. They are normally never privy to these conversations behind the scenes."

Director of England cricket Andrew Strauss added that no player will be pressurised into travelling to Bangladesh against their wishes.

"Last night [Thursday], we met with the players and tried as much as possible to explain to them the security situation and why we feel it is safe to go," he told Sky Sports News.

"Right now there is an opportunity for them to take time to digest it and speak to anyone they need to speak to to ask any further questions, and then we will have one-on-one conversations with them over the coming days and weeks.

"I am very confident in the security situation and very confident of the security plan, so I am very hopeful we will take a full squad out to Bangladesh.

"Our job is to share with them the information and make them feel comfortable with the fact that it is safe to go out to Bangladesh. It is wrong for us to pressurise any individual."