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ECB officials leave for Abu Dhabi

ECB's managing director, Hugh Morris, and England Players' Association chief, Sean Morris, left for Abu Dhabi on Sunday afternoon to hold discussions with the England team camping there on whether to tour India or not.

cricket Updated: Dec 07, 2008 23:38 IST

ECB's managing director, Hugh Morris, and England Players' Association chief, Sean Morris, left for Abu Dhabi on Sunday afternoon to hold discussions with the England team camping there on whether to tour India or not for the two-match Test series scheduled to start on Thursday.

After three sessions of discussions with police authorities here including the state DGP and Chennai commissioner of police, the Tamil Nadu Police gave the two officials a detailed account of security arrangements in writing.

"Hugh (Morris) has told us that he would talk to the players and the team management presently in Abu Dhabi and give the official communication before tomorrow morning," Tamil Nadu Cricket Association sources said.

Meanwhile, ticket sales for the December 11 to 15 first Test at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here will start on Monday morning.

The TNCA has also announced that money would be refunded in case of cancellation of the Test.

Amjad Khan to replace Sidebottom

Abu Dhabi: Kent pacer Amjad Khan, so far a member of the performance squad, will replace injured pacer Ryan Sidebottom in the England team for the two-Test series.

Young Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid will also travel to Chennai for the first Test even though he is yet to be officially named in the Test squad.

Incidentally, England will miss the services of Stuart Broad in the Chennai Test with the Nottinghamshire pacer recovering from a hamstring injury.

Amjad, who was born in Copenhagen and was a Danish international before he got British citizenship in 2006, pipped Sajid Mahmood and Liam Plunkett for a place in the side.

Though the team is awaiting a green signal before flying to India, coach Peter Moores conceded Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff were reluctant to tour the country following the terror attacks in Mumbai.

"Fred has had issues and it's fair to say Steve Harmison has as well," Moores said.