Bangladesh v England: Eoin Morgan & Alex Hales will not tour over security fears

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales have opted out of October’s tour of Bangladesh because of security concerns.

No international side has toured Bangladesh since 20 people were killed in a siege at a cafe in Dhaka in July.

The ECB said in August that the three one-day internationals and two Tests would go ahead after a security review.

Jos Buttler will captain the one-day side, with the one-day and Test squads to be named on Friday.

‘We respect their decision’

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss said: “Whilst we understand and respect Eoin and Alex’s decision, we are disappointed that they have made themselves unavailable for selection for the Bangladesh tour.”

He added that after “open and honest” discussions with all the players, no further withdrawals are expected.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has described Morgan’s decision as a “huge mistake”,