Mortaza hopeful of England touring Bangladesh

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has remained “hopeful” that the England cricket team will tour the country in October after the recent terror attacks in Dhaka.

England are scheduled to play three ODIs and two tests in October when they travel to Bangladesh. However after sudden turn of events, ECB have said that they will seek the advice of their government whether to participate or withdraw from the series.

“I personally hope that the tour goes ahead,” Mashrafe said. “Cricket followers in Bangladesh have been waiting for a long time for a home series. Bangladeshi people love cricket, and they hope that England are coming for the tour. I am hopeful they (England) will come to hold on to the cricket culture.

“England have always helped Bangladesh. They had sent the team in the Under-19 World Cup. They will certainly get security, as much as what other cricket teams get when they come here. Bangladeshi people respect cricketers. I don’t think there will be a problem.”

The BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) had made sure that they will not host the series at a neutral venue and Mortaza is hopeful that the board will get the issues resolved.

“There are still three months left so I remain hopeful of the tour. We should keep focusing on our fitness. BCB will take care of the rest,” he said.

Bangladesh have not played any competitive cricket since the end of T20 World Cup and would not have played a bilateral series in eight months by the time England tours the nation. However if England team decides to cancel the tour, it would be a huge blow for the tigers which could impact their cricket in the coming years.

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