London - James Anderson says he will accept
the advice of England's security experts when it comes to deciding whether he
should tour Bangladesh.
England are due to fly to Bangladesh on
September 30 for three one-day internationals and two Test matches.
But there have been concerns about the
fixtures since an attack by jihadists on a cafe in the capital Dhaka last month
in which 20 hostages and two police officers were killed.
Britain's Foreign Office currently advises
"there is a heightened threat of further terrorist attacks and foreigners,
in particular westerners, may be directly targeted".
An England and Wales Cricket Board
delegation led by security adviser Reg Dickason accompanied by director of
cricket operations John Carr and David Leatherdale of the Professional
Cricketers' Association are currently making their own security assessment in
Their ECB will await their report before
deciding whether to proceed with the tour.
Anderson, England's all-time leading
wicket-taker, said he and his colleagues would await ECB guidance.
"Obviously as players when you're
going on tour somewhere where there have been incidents in the last few months
you try to keep tabs on it and there are discussions going on among
players," Anderson said Wednesday at an event staged by England sponsor
Brut Sport Style.
"Reg is brilliant at his job and he's
looked after us for the best part of 10 years and David is there with the PCA.
We'll get their feedback when they arrive back.
"If there are any doubts they will
make the call and we trust their ability.
"These decisions aren't - or really
shouldn't be - in the hands of players."
Anderson was among England players who
returned to India to finish the 2008 series following the Mumbai terror
"The situation is different this time
because of the time before the tour goes ahead. In India we were all together
as a group," he said.
"I'm sure those of us (who have
experience of such trips) will try to help if necessary, but if someone is
particularly uncomfortable I'm sure they can raise it with the coach, the
captain or a senior official within the ECB."
Australia cancelled their tour of
Bangladesh in October for security reasons and then withdrew their side from
the Under-19 World Cup in the country at the start of this year. England dis
send a team fielded a team.
England are scheduled to play a Test series
in India after the Bangladesh leg of the tour.