Calcutta: India has asked England to finalise its team for the upcoming tour of the country by November 5, saying the tourists should not be worried about their security. "The Indian board wants the final list of players by November 5 for logistic and administrative reasons," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters in Calcutta on Monday.He said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could extend the deadline by a day, but any further delay would not be desirable.England's players were supposed to decide last Friday whether they were available for the tour, but five Marcus Trescothick, Craig White, Ashley Giles, Robert Croft and Andrew Caddick sought extra time to consider their decision because of the US strikes on Afghanistan."It is not good that some players might like to come while others might stay back because of the security problems as reported in the media," Dalmiya said. "It sends wrong signals from the country and hence we cannot wait for long. It is unfortunate if the tour does not take place we will have to reconsider India's tour of England in June next year," Dalmiya warned.Dalmiya said the Indian board had received clearance from the local government and that there was no point in reviewing the situation on a day-to-day basis."As far as the Indian board is concerned, the tour is on," he said. "The final clearance by the government is the last word. Reviewing the situation everyday is not helpful."He said he had held a telephone conversation with ECB director of operations John Carr and assured him of his players' security during the tour."I will be meeting ECB officials and the British High Commissioner in India, Rob Young, on November 1 to discuss the security aspects for the tour," he said. England, due to arrive in India on November 14, is scheduled to play three Tests at Mohali, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. IT will then return home for Christmas before coming back to India in mid-January for a series of five One-day Internationals.
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