Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan lash out at Morgan and Hales
Published - Sep 12, 2016 5:32 am | Updated - Sep 12, 2016 6:39 am
The fact that Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan have pulled out of the tour has not gone down too well with former skippers Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan. While many have gone on to state that Bangladesh is indeed a perfectly safe place to play cricket, Morgan and Hales are the only two players to voice their concerns about the same.
Writing in their respective columns, both former skippers took turns in bashing the current skipper stating that this would indeed be a turning point as far as Morgan’s captaincy is concerned. Vaughan especially questioned the strength of Morgan’s leadership. “One main trait of a strong leader is they never ask a teammate to do something they would not do themselves.
“This is why Morgan has made a huge mistake. The players will support him in the press but there will be a little thought at the back of their minds that he went missing at a difficult time for the side.
“As a captain, you are always saying to the players, ‘It is going to get tough in the middle and you cant have it all your own way’. You tell them to be strong so they can go the extra yard. I do not see how he can look them in the eye and ask them to do that in the future.” Vaughan said.
Vaughan went on to add, “My problem is that Eoin is basically saying, ‘I do not trust the expert’,” he wrote. “Reg will feel let down. So will the likes of Andrew Strauss and Colin Graves, who have rubberstamped the tour to proceed based on Reg’s advice.
“Eoin has not trusted them to do their jobs, either. How would he feel if they said they do not trust him to make good decisions on the field? It will be very difficult for him to come back from this. They will be angry that he has been stubborn,” Vaughan noted.
Nasser Hussain however, firmly believes that the players will not play for Morgan anymore. “The next time Morgan asks his team to go that extra yard one of them might look at him and think: ‘Hang on, when we put our necks on the line by going to Bangladesh and took ourselves out of our comfort zone, you weren’t with us. Where were you when we were surrounded by tanks and snipers and couldn’t leave our hotel rooms?’,” Hussain wrote.
“It has to undermine his authority. The players will be cocooned in their rooms and will develop a siege mentality. That is a great shame but the bottom line is that if the team is going, if the ECB deem it safe, then the captain should be there.”