YOU JUST CAN­NOT STOP THE SUP­PORT

The Cricket Paper - - ENGLAND TOUR OF BANGLADESH -

THEREwas much soul-search­ing be­fore Eng­land de­cided to tour Bangladesh, with con­cerns following a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Dhaka in July putting the tour in doubt.

Eoin Mor­gan, the lim­ited-overs cap­tain, and Alex Hales chose not to travel even when the tour was cleared on se­cu­rity grounds. So, it was un­der­stand­able when the Barmy Army, Eng­land’s un­nof­fi­cial fan group, and all the main tour operators de­cided against of­fer­ing their own trips to the coun­try.

Yet that has not stopped 24 in­trepid sup­port­ers com­ing out to Chit­tagong to watch the first Test. All of them stayed at the team ho­tel, along with the me­dia, and paid the Bangladesh Cricket Board around £60 be­tween them a day to be in­cluded in the of­fi­cial armed con­voy to the ground.

And their chief con­cern was the price of al­co­hol rather than se­cu­rity, with one bot­tle of a well-known beer at the team ho­tel cost­ing an eye-wa­ter­ing £16. There have also been sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers of Eng­land play­ers in Bangladesh. Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Haseeb Hameed all have rel­a­tives here.While Ben Duck­ett’s fa­ther, Gra­ham, was also in Chit­tagong to watch his son’s Test de­but.

Fam­ily: Haseeb Hameed

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