Samit Patel confirms he will play in Bangladesh Premier League
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 18/10/16 11:19am
Samit Patel will take part in the impending Bangladesh Premier League, despite the Professional Cricketers' Association's advice to stay at home next month.
Patel has made his decision on the basis of assurances from the Bangladesh Cricket Board that all participants will be afforded the same level of security which has surrounded England's ongoing Test and one-day international tour of the country.
The PCA issued a press release two weeks ago explaining that, following the deadly terror attack on a Dhaka cafe in July, security measures for the BPL - unlike England's tour, which has been subject to a very visible armed-guard presence - cannot be taken for granted.
Patel is one of seven English players, including his fellow England all-rounder Ravi Bopara, scheduled to be involved in the Twenty20 tournament which runs from November 4 to December 9.
It was previously confirmed by Benny Howell's club Gloucestershire that he too intends to fulfil his contract with Khulna Titans, and Patel has confirmed he has signed a disclaimer - acknowledging he will be travelling at his own risk - in order to be granted a no objection certificate from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
He said: "There is only one reason why I've decided to go - it's that we've been told by the Bangladesh Cricket Board that the security we'll be getting will be (the same) or as near as to the England touring team.
"There are a lot of international players going to the BPL, and I'm sure the security can't be that bad, they can't afford to risk it.
"I'm sure it will be tight, and it's about doing the right things, probably not leaving the hotel too much, just being clever, smart. I'm sure things will be okay."
Patel has therefore taken all necessary steps to be eligible for Rajshahi Kings - and expects to be playing against compatriots such as Bopara, Howell and Sussex and England fast bowler Tymal Mills.
"I've signed a disclaimer. It's not official yet, but I've signed it," he added. "I'm going to go.
"I presume (everyone will go). I think everyone has been told the same, that security will be the same as the England team's."