The International Cricket Council has urged fans to support the India-England Test series by attending the upcoming two matches along with its President David Morgan and Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and demostrate an united front against terrorism.
The future of the India-England series came under cloud following last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed almost 200 people. The attacks later forced the BCCI to shift venues of both the Tests to Chennai and Mohali from Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Soon after the attacks, England, trailing 0-5, abandoned the last two One-dayers against India and left for home. However, a series of assurances about full proof security from Indian officials later forced the English team management to rethink about touring India.
A 35-member strong English contingent, along with players from Performance squad, is presently stationed for a training camp in Abu Dhabi and would take a final call later today after consulting security consultant Reg Dickason.
"ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat will be in Chennai for the first Test and I will be in Mohali to show the ICC's support for India and the two teams.
"I would urge as many supporters as possible to join us during the series, not only because they will see two excellent sides playing Test cricket, the pinnacle of our sport, but also because by doing so we will demonstrate that we will not be dictated to by terrorists," Morgan said in a statement.
"I believe the Test series will be a clear demonstration of the resilience of the Indian people and the game of cricket and an illustration that the game has the ability to bring people together," he added.