Full-strength England team head to Abu Dhabi

Published: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 13:37 [IST]
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London: A full-strength England squad leaves for Abu Dhabi on Thursday having deliverd a strong show of solidarity behind captain Kevin Pietersen as they consider whether to continue their tour of India.

England Squad and will fly on to India early next week for the two Test matches in Chennai and Mohali if the security recommendations have been implemented.

Every member of the Test squad - with the exception of injured pair Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad boarded flight on Thursday.

Hugh Morris, Managing Director of England Cricket has outlined the players that the tour would go ahead, subject to security recommendations being implemented in India.

"All the players have received reports from the ECB security team and also the recommendations that Reg Dickason, the team security adviser, has insisted the Board of Control for Cricket in India put in place," the ECB statement read.

Chennai Police expect Eng team to land on Monday

While the team practises in Abu Dhabi, Morris will join ECB security adviser Dickason, who is currently in India, to ensure that all security requirements are fully and effectively implemented in both Test venues of Chennai and Mohali.

Morris will then fly to Abu Dhabi to confirm to the ECB and the players that the added security recommendations are in place for the tour to begin. Though there were reports that players like Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Graeme Swann were reluctant to tour India, Morris insisted no player had been forced to join the party.


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