England tour of India - News - Cricket: England squad free to choose on India tour: Graveney

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2001, 20:46 [IST]
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London: England's cricketers will be free to drop out of the tour of India if they still have fears for their personal safety after a key meeting at Lord's in London on Tuesday, a player's spokesman said.The final decision on whether the trip will go ahead rests with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the spokesman, Richard Bevan. But individuals who remain concerned after receiving advice at Tuesday's meeting from the British High Commissioner in Delhi Sir Rob Young will be able to make up their own mind.England captain Nasser Hussain, fast bowler Andy Caddick and all-rounder Craig White have all expressed concerns about security in light of the continuing bombing raids on neighbouring Afghanistan by the United States.Bevan told Radio 5 Live, "The players are going into the meeting with an open mind. There have been some mixed signals and some of the players have safety concerns, especially those with young families."What is important is that they listen to what the ECB, the Foreign Office and Sir Rob Young have to say and put across the reservations they may have."It will be very difficult. The Foreign Office have said Britons should keep a low profile in India but we will wait for the outcome of the full meeting and after that we will make a decision."The ECB does have the final decision but obviously there are individuals who have reservations and after listening to Rob Young those reservations may or may not be there."England's chairman of selectors David Graveney has already been at pains to point out that any players who decide not to travell will not have it held against them when it comes to selecting future England squads.But if a large number of players are opposed to the trip it will become virtually impossible for it go ahead irrespective of what the ECB decides.

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ECB to decide on Englands tour of India

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