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Gooch insists Morgan still has future with England.

FORMER England captain Graham Gooch believes Eoin Morgan can still have a future in international cricket despite pulling out of the tour to Bangladesh because of security concerns.

The ECB announced on Sunday night that one-day international captain Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales had informed director Andrew Strauss they were unavailable for the trip.

"I don't think (his career) is done," said Gooch. "In this situation when you give your place up, someone else will come in. You give an opportunity and a chance to someone else.

"Eoin Morgan is an experienced international cricketer. But you don't know what the future holds."

Gooch had sympathy for Morgan and Hales but felt they had made life difficult for their team-mates.

"It's not a clear-cut decision because if people can't concentrate on the cricket and keep their mind on the job, there's no point having them there," added the 63-year-old. "You also can't just cancel tours willy-nilly. Reg Dickason, who is a good friend of mine, is the security officer and I would trust what he has to say.

"It's a personal decision but once one or two players start pulling out and your captain pulls out, it does make it awkward for the rest of the team and the authorities."

The tour was given the go-ahead following an ECB security review.

Concerns had been raised after the July terror attack in a Dhaka cafe which resulted in the loss of 29 lives.

Keeper-batsman Jos Buttler will lead England for three ODIs against Bangladesh next month in Morgan's absence and Gooch warned it is a lot to ask of the 26-year-old.

"Jos Buttler keeping wicket and captaining, that's quite a tall order," said Gooch. "But he's a good cricketer and in one-day terms nowadays is quite experienced."

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