YOU JUST CANNOT STOP THE SUPPORT
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