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Morgan slams Boycott, wants England to go on

Published: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 12:46 [IST]
 
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Dubai: ICC chief David Morgan has requested England to resume their tour of India while blasting at former cricketers like Geoffery Boycott for demanding that England team to baack out in the wake of the Mumbai terror strikes.

"I have seen British writers criticising the England and Wales Cricket Board for wanting to return while the disaster is still 'raw' in India to use Geoffrey Boycott's expression," Morgan was quoted as saying.

"In my view they are failing to understand that it isn't for British people to make a judgment on what people in India want. It is quite clear that the people who run cricket in India want the game to resume as soon as possible. Wouldnt we want the same here if the boot was on the other foot?" he asked.

Boycott opposes 'monstrous' England return

Former players like Boycott and Graham Gooch have urged for the cancellation of the two-Test series after it emerged that top players like Andrew Flintoff are reluctant to travel to India. But Morgan felt the show must go on.

"I think it's staggering when British journalists suggest that it is inappropriate to go because India needs to have time to mourn. Would we take that from Indian or Australian journalists? Of course we wouldn't," he explained.

Team England heading back to India

Morgan hoped that ECB security expert Reg Dickason would give an all-clear to the security arrangements at the two Test venues.

"The first thing is that the safety and security of the cricketers and their management team is of the utmost importance," Morgan said.

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