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England set to return India on December 4

Published: Monday, December 1, 2008, 12:00 [IST]
 
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London: England's cricket tour of India resumed again when it was confirmed on Monday morning that the squad would come back to play the remaining Tests.

England team is expected to retun to India on December 4. The first Test against India is due to begin in Ahmedabad on December 11. But the city has been the scene of racial tension in the past and in July more than 50 people were killed following a series of car bombs.

The ECB has asked for an extra security report on Ahmedabad after the Mumbai terror strikes which killed nearly 200 people.

ECB likely to request that the warm-up match starting on December 5 in Baroda is moved to the same city that hosts the first Test.

It is likely that Ahmedabad will be replaced by Kolkata for first Test between India and England.

It has been learnt that England is reluctant to play in Ahmedabad which it believes is another venue which has been on terrorists' radar. Kolkata's Eden Gardens is the next venue as per the Indian board's rotation policy.

Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) chief executive Sean Morris is due to meet officials from the Foreign Office on today.

''Once we have got (their) reports we will sit down and talk to the guys and see where they are with this,'' Morris was quoted as saying by the 'Daily Telegraph'.

The ECB will be boosted by the fact they have received the backing of 14 counties and the MCC over their handling of the issue and that the BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi has confirmed they will not seek compensation if the tour is abandoned.

With India thought to be close to calling off their tour to Pakistan early next, a decision by England to cancel their trip would almost leave the sub-continent as a no-go zone.

That will concern the ICC with the 2011 World Cup to be held in Pakistan and India.

''It (moving World Cup) hasn't been talked about but that may well have changed out of this Mumbai incident but one would hope the World Cup and other events that are planned for various places in the sub-continent can go ahead,'' the Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said.


With India thought to be close to calling off their tour to Pakistan early next, a decision by England to cancel their trip would almost leave the sub-continent as a no-go zone.

That will concern the ICC with the 2011 World Cup to be held in Pakistan and India.

''It (moving World Cup) hasn't been talked about but that may well have changed out of this Mumbai incident but one would hope the World Cup and other events that are planned for various places in the sub-continent can go ahead,'' the Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said.

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