Ali commits to Bangladesh tour


England allrounder Moeen Ali is the first member of the England team to confirm, outright, that he will tour Bangladesh if selected.

Since the tour was given the go-ahead last week, players have been reluctant to fully commit themselves but Ali has bucked the trend.

Speaking ahead of the final ODI against Pakistan in Cardiff, Ali said: “If selected, I’ll definitely go,

“I’m pretty happy with everything and really looking forward to it.

“Everyone’s different and has their own views on things – and as a team, you back other’s decisions. It’s up to the individual. There’s no pressure on anyone – it’s up to that person and how he feels.

“My view is you’re not safe anywhere these days. I think you can be anywhere and still not safe. I totally understand, and I back every decision people make.”

Ali’s confirmation comes on the back of some positive words from wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow, who places a lot of stock in security chief Reg Dickason’s opinions.

Bairstow said: “I’ve not made a 100% decision but I know within my mind that I have a lot of faith in Reggie.

“I’ve been on a heck of a lot of tours with him, he’s known me since I was a young boy. So I’ve got a lot of faith in him. I’ve been asking questions regularly about different bits, that’s only natural, that’s human instinct to ask questions.

“The world at the moment is not necessarily the safest place, that’s in England, that’s in Australia, South Africa, in Bangladesh.

“You’ve got to ask questions because, if you don’t, you don’t have peace of mind. We have a lot of faith in Reg and he’s known a lot of us for a long time. There is still a decision to be made but at the same time I’m pretty confident in the decision that I will make and that it will be a positive one. If selected, because the squads haven’t been announced.”

Test skipper Alastair Cook has reportedly given private assurances to the ECB that he will lead the squad to Bangladesh but ODI skipper Eoin Morgan has failed to commit.

Morgan said: “If we’d had time off or no cricket between the meeting and now, I can’t say I would be any closer to the decision, but I would have had more time to digest everything and let everything settle.”

The squads were set to be announced on September 9 but the ECB will delay the announcement to have discussions with selected players.