England one-day captain Eoin Morgan has admitted that first-hand experience of a bomb blast in India has made him reluctant to to commit to the winter tour to Bangladesh. The 29-year-old batsman has revealed how a bomb blast during a stint at the Indian Premier League in April 2010 has shaped his thinking.
Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, is currently trying to establish which of the players is happy to tour Bangladesh. But Morgan – who has generally remained tight-tipped about the issue over the past few weeks – has explained his predicament.
"In 2010 we played an IPL game in Bangalore and a bomb went off in the ground," he said, according to The Times. "We immediately left and went to the airport. Another case was in Bangladesh playing domestic cricket during political elections where things were incredibly violent.
"I have been to places before when things have become a distraction and once or twice that has been security. When it has been, I told myself I would not put myself in that situation again.
"Playing cricket is not about worrying about different things. It should be the best time of your life, something you look forward to, want to do well in, and are able to focus on."
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently conducted its own security check of Bangladesh and has approved the tour, after 29 people were killed in a siege on a café in Dhaka in July.
England are scheduled to play three one-day internationals and two Test matches in Bangladesh, starting with the first game in Dhaka on 7 October. The players are required to inform the ECB of their decision by the weekend, with squads for the tour to be announced on 16 September.