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12:00 AM, September 03, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:57 AM, September 03, 2016

Morgan to decide after Pak series

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan expects to confirm whether he will tour Bangladesh soon after next week's finish of the home series against Pakistan.

The future of the tour was in the balance after a militant attack on a Dhaka cafe in July saw 20 hostages killed.

However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said last month that the ODI and Test tour in October would go ahead as planned. The confirmation followed a visit to Bangladesh by an ECB delegation led by their long-serving security chief Reg Dickason.

Morgan is also due to captain England in a lone T20I against Pakistan at Manchester's Old Trafford on Wednesday.

ECB director Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, has been at pains to indicate players won't be rushed into making a decision on whether to go to Bangladesh, although Test skipper Alastair Cook has reportedly already made himself available.

But with the team due to fly to Dhaka for the one-day leg of the tour on September 29, Morgan accepts the time for a decision will probably have to come soon after Wednesday's match, England's last international of their home season.

"I would certainly like to think probably within a couple of days after that there will be definitive," Morgan told reporters at Headingley.

"I have not made my mind up. I will be taking as much time as I need.

"I think when so much information is thrown at you within two months of a terrorist attack you need to digest everything and be settled within yourself so you can go there and concentrate on cricket."

The Irishman added: "We are in the middle of a series. We have not had a great deal of time to about it."

Morgan insisted he did not expect other players in the side to follow his lead on Bangladesh because of his position as captain.

"Absolutely not," he said. "It is a completely individual thing.

“The decision any individual makes within the side is the right one, and everybody will stand by whoever wants to go or not. I think that is very important."

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