England's players will donate 50% of their fees for the Chennai Test, they announced on Tuesday. Alastair Cook, who addressed the media two days before the start of the Chennai Test, said that the decision to do so had been taken collectively and read out a statement that summed up what the team felt.
The Indian team, meanwhile, also practiced at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium but there was no interaction with the media and therefore no official word on what they intended to do in terms of donating match fees towards victims of Mumbai's terror attacks. What is known is that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already decided to donate his total match fees from two Tests to the cause at an appropriate time. It was expected that other players would make their views public, probably through the Board of Control for Cricket in India, in due course.
England's decision to send one of their players to read out a statement, even if it was the relatively junior Cook, certainly helped make their position clear. "Following a very difficult past two weeks the England cricket team would like to recognise the following reasons for returning to India for the Test series," began Cook.
"As an open and public statement in support to the Indian people following the tragic event in Mumbai recently to extend our sincere sympathies to the families who lost loved ones in the Mumbai tragedy and as cricketers first and foremost to win a Test series against India and finally the England team have agreed to pay half their first Test match fees to families of those victims of Mumbai attacks."
‘Need to adjust quickly’
London:WITH NO match practice at all and the fact that none in the England squad has played first-class cricket in last four months, former England batsman Mark Butcher has warned Kevin Pietersen’s team to be prepared for tricky readjustments to a Test mind-set.
Butcher identified the peculiar difficulties that the lack of practice will cause England.
“In 2001 we played three warm-up games, and we still lost the first Test match. Never mind everything else that has gone on, this is going to be enormously tough for England,” he told the Guardian.