England tour of India - Cricket: England batsman Thorpe returns home

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 22:48 [IST]
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London: England batsman Graham Thorpe returned home on Wednesday after leaving the tour of India to sort out unspecified personal problems. Asked at Heathrow airport to clarify the nature of his problems, Thorpe would only say that he had returned for personal reasons. England chairman of selectors David Graveney meanwhile said that while Thorpe had the full backing of the team management, the Surrey player knew he had less than a month to decide whether to rejoin his country for the second leg of their winter tour schedule."It's a serious situation, and everyone has to respect that," said Graveney."As chairman of selectors I will give him maximum time and support to resolve problems."Even so England is due to return to India after its short Christmas break in time to begin a hectic One-day schedule by January 22 at the latest. "Time is short there is less than a month to go before the team fly back out to India and on to New Zealand."If it transpires that Graham does not want to go we will have to sit down and choose a replacement at some stage. But we are not going to impose any deadlines on Graham to tell us of his plans. We will give him maximum support and hope this doesn't have too much of an impact on the other lads."

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