Alastair-Cook

Despite ending up on the losing side after the second Test against Bangladesh at Mirpur, England s captain Alastair Cook urged teams to tour Bangladesh more frequently and play Tests. There were lots of controversies and discussions ahead of England‘s tour of Bangladesh, especially on security issues. Two of their cricketers withdrew themselves for the tour. One of them was their One-Day captain Eoin Morgan and other being the dashing opening batsman, Alex Hales. This was not the first time; a team has such issues over touring Bangladesh. Earlier in this year, Australia did not send their Under-19 team to participate in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which was hosted by Bangladesh. This came after Australian canceled their Bangladesh tour last year.

Bangladesh has been facing this issue for a long time and this has resulted in the side playing lesser number of Tests. Bangladesh has seen the sudden rise of terrorism, which has seen many deaths. The Dhaka cafe attack earlier this year was one of the most dreadful ones that the country has seen. Despite all those things, England toured Bangladesh and had an eventful series, where both the team looked evenly competitive to each other. Yes, England were better but while playing, Bangladesh were the one who punched above their weight and impressed everyone. After the end of the second Test, Cook went on to praise Bangladeshi team and players for their performances.

Full credit to Bangladesh for a brilliant series and I m very pleased to lead a side out here. I m proud to be here and more teams need to come out here and play cricket, Cook said and added more about Bangladesh s new bowling sensation Mehedi Hasan, Yeah, I think they did outbowl our spinners. But, you know, that s credit to those guys. We know we re not hiding behind the fact that we haven t got world-class spinners. We ve got guys who can bowl some really good balls and spells. You see the difference in environment. Bangladeshis turning up here, there s not much in it for a hit-the-pitch bowler who seams it or swings it. You ve got to reverse it or skid it or spin the ball. That s the challenge of Test cricket.

England s last tour to Bangladesh was in 2010 and Cook was impressed the way they have improved themselves in last six years by saying, They ve obviously taken big strides, but we ve played them on totally different wickets. Last time the wickets were flatter, they didn t spin as much, or games going five days. They ve decided that s the way they want to be brave and try to win the game, and why wouldn t you as a side? They ve got some good spinners. But we ve seen some improvements over the past couple of years. They ll find it hard on bouncy wickets. But in these conditions they re a good side.