England tour of India - Cricket: Eng tour to continue despite attack: BCCI

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: England's current tour of India will continue despite an attack on the Indian parliament by suspected militants, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday."The security around the England team is already tight and is reviewed almost on a daily basis," a BCCI official told AFP."If there is a need to increase the security, it will be done. There is no cause for panic." There was no immediate word on the incidents from BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.The England team refused to comment on the daring assault on parliament in New Delhi, which left at least 11 people dead. "We don't have the details of what happened in Delhi and we will only comment if it concerns us," said David Clarke, media manager for the tourists, who are currently playing in the second Test in Ahemdabad.England was initially apprehensive of undertaking the six-week tour due to India's proximity to Afghanistan where US-led strikes are taking place. Two players, Andrew Caddick and Robert Croft, pulled out of the tour citing security fears.There have been no off-field incidents around the heavily guarded cricketers since the tour began on November 14. After the second Test ends in Ahemdabad on Saturday, England will travel to the southern city of Bangalore for the final Test starting next Wednesday.The tourists are scheduled to return to India in mid-January for a series of five One-day Internationals.

Copyright AFP 2001

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