England tour of India - News - Cricket: London tube bigger threat than India tour: Ramprakash
Published: Saturday, October 27, 2001, 19:21 [IST]
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Five England players request ECB more time
London: England batsman Mark Ramprakash played down fears of travelling to India in November, saying on Saturday the London tube is probably a bigger threat than playing in the three-match Test series.The Surrey right-hander, who will be leaving behind a pregnant wife and four-year-old daughter, is one of the 11 players who have already committed themselves to the tour.Five other players - Andy Caddick, Robert Croft, Ashley Giles, Craig White and Marcus Trescothick - have requested more time to consider their position."This has been a major decision for the players, it's a career decision," Ramprakash told the Daily Express on Saturday. "We (Ramprakash and his wife Vandana) both feel that being in London and England presents much more of a risk than being in India."There's probably more danger going to Heathrow or using the tube than visiting Bangalore and Mumbai. No one can give us a 100 per cent guarantee about safety but I don't think life should grind to a halt because of that."The five players, who requested extra time prior to Friday's deadline, set by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), have been given until Monday to make their minds up."There are always risks in life, and I feel I need more time to consider," said paceman Caddick. "This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make and I need to feel 100 per cent confident before myself and my family can make a decision."