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English board keeping its fingers crossed

cricket Updated: Nov 27, 2008 23:27 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Hindustan Times
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Hugh Morris, the ECB's managing director for cricket, told a press conference on Thursday that he and his colleagues were in constant touch with BCCI officials, the British High Commission in Delhi and their security sources in India. "We are taking advice on security issues. We are looking at all options. The Test match series is in place. If the security reports say that it would be safe and secure to play the Test series, that's what we will do. One of the options is to go back home and come again," said Morris.

Asked whether the Mumbai attacks have deeply impacted the England players, Morris said, "We are having a constant dialogue with the players. All the players feel sorry for all those who have lost their near and dear ones in Mumbai. At the same time they are very disturbed. Terrorism is a global issue and it's very real. However, we don't want to compromise on the safety and security of our players".

Morris also said that England players are always keen to play international cricket. "But the Mumbai attacks have now affected everybody in India and the world. We are thus having discussions on security issues".

Morris and his colleagues had a meeting with BCCI officials on Thursday morning and requested the cancellation of the two remaining ODIs. The BCCI acceded to the requests. “We also requested the BCCI to cancel all our arrangements in Guwahati and allow us to stay in Bhubaneswar. They allowed to stay here and cancelled the remaining ODIs".

BCCI Secretary N. Srinivasan, before departing for Chennai along with Selection Committee chairman K. Srikkanth, said, "The BCCI has accepted the ECB's request to postpone the Guwahati and Delhi one-dayers". On the Test series, Srinivasan said, "We expect the England cricket team to come and play the Test series".