Morgan, England's one-day international captain, and Alex Hales, who opened in both Test and limited overs cricket this season, informed the selectors before Friday's squad announcement they would not be touring Bangladesh. Former Ireland batsman Morgan has won plaudits for overseeing an England revival in 50-over cricket following their embarrassing first-round exit at last year's World Cup.
"Eoin has done exceptionally well as captain," national selector Whitaker told reporters at Trent Bridge after announcing the squads for the Bangladesh tour. "Over the last couple of years he's established a really good leadership base. He's down a marvellous job. "It's slightly disappointing that he's turned this opportunity down, but we expect him to be captain in India."
Whitaker, a former England batsman, added: "At the same time, we'll review as we do after every series. And all I'll say is, I expect him to be captain in India." The tour, which begins on September 30 and will include two Tests and three ODIs, had been called into question after an attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July which saw 20 hostages killed, including 18 foreigners. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) gave the tour the go-ahead after an inspection visit to Bangladesh led by team security chief Reg Dickason.
Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, was scathing about Morgan's decision not to travel to Bangladesh. "Morgan has made a huge mistake," Vaughan wrote in his Daily Telegraph column on Monday. "You tell (your team) to be strong so they can go the extra yard.