England tour of India - News - Cricket: Hussain describes India as soul of world cricket
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Relieved Nasser Hussain has said he is delighted to be leading England's trip to India next month, describing India as the soul of the sport.Hussain, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said deciding to tour India had been an easy decision for him personally, despite the doubts aired by several members of the touring party.Andrew Caddick and Robert Croft withdrew from the tour last week, citing concerns over security in light of the conflict in Afghanistan. Other players needed extra time to decide whether to go, plunging the whole tour in doubt at one stage. But now the tour is definitely on Hussain is relishing the challenge ahead."For me, it was an easy decision," Hussain said of his choice to go to India. "I am England captain, it is the greatest honour and not something you pick and choose whether to take up or not," he said."It is also the greatest ambition of my father, Joe, to watch me play and captain England in a Test match in the country of his birth. And third, and most important to me, India is the soul of world cricket," he said."If this England tour had not taken place, I would probably never receive another chance to play there. It is something I have to do to make my career complete," Hussain added.Hussain said he hoped the withdrawals of Caddick and Croft and deliberations of other members of the tour party would not be held against the tourists."One thing I hope that does not come out of all this is that cricket-loving Indians, of which there are a few, get the wrong idea about my England team," he wrote."This is my message to them. We want to come over, we want to sample your hospitality, your culture and your love of the game," he said.