Morgan defends decision not to tour Bangladesh


Eoin Morgan says he received the full backing of those he trusts after attracting criticism for his decision not to take part in England's tour of Bangladesh.

Morgan, captain of England's limited-overs sides, made himself unavailable for the three-match one-day international series in October due to security fears.

Following a terror attack in the nation's capital Dhaka in July, there were initially some doubts that the tour would go ahead, but after a full risk assessment it was decided England would travel, with players given the choice over whether to participate.

Morgan, along with opening batsman Alex Hales, chose to stay at home with vice-captain Jos Buttler leading the side to a 2-1 series win that passed without incident.

Former England captains Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan were critical of Morgan's stance, but the 30-year-old is happy to shut out any external negativity as he prepares to return to lead England in three ODIs and three Twenty20s in India in the new year.

"It was a difficult decision to make and I don't think a lot of people would have made it, but I am certainly happy with the decision that I have made," he said.

"We're a tightly-knit group who back each other's decisions no matter what and in particular in this case where every decision for the individual was his own decision and whatever was right for him.

"Everyone within the game that I trust has supported me, including players past and current who I lean on for big decisions.

"If there is ever a doubt in my mind about travelling somewhere I have to consider my options.

"One thing that had changed from 2010 in India [a bomb blast while Morgan was playing in the IPL] was that other teams had travelled there and security had increased.

"Also, since then there had been no terrorist attacks or threats to either a tournament or team."