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Published: Friday, November 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Nasser Hussain's father expects his son to lead England's cricket team on its planned tour of India, the land of the England captain's birth.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"I've spoken to Nasser and I know he wants to go," Hussain senior told the 'Sun' in London on October 24.Following a meeting with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) officials and the British High Commissioner to New Delhi in London on October 23, England's players have until noon (11:00 hrs GMT) on October 26 to declare their availability.Hussain, 33, has been one of several English players to express misgivings about tour security in the light of India's relative proximity to Afghanistan, currently being bombed in retaliation for the September 11 terror attacks in the United States.However, Joe Hussain said he was looking forward to seeing his son achieve a long- cherished ambition. "It's always been my dream to see him captaining England in the country where we were born," Hussain senior explained."It looked as though it might not happen but now it seems more promising," added Hussain, 62, who runs an indoor cricket school in Ilford, east London, Essex - the county his son plays for.England captain Hussain was born in Madras but moved with his family to England when he was five. He has never played first-class cricket in India.Now his father is looking forward to looking on from the boundary as Hussain leads out the side. "I've already decided I'll go out there if the tour goes ahead. I'll definitely go to the Third Test in Bangalore and probably the First in Mohali too."I will be proud to see him playing Test cricket in India. Nasser is a very patriotic Englishman but to play over there would still be special for him." England is due to fly out to India on November 23. Once there, it is scheduled to play three Tests by December 23 before returning home for Christmas.It is then set to return to India in the New Year and play six One-day matches until February 4.