December 02, 2008

England Cricket Tour

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The recent England cricket tour was terminated half-way by the devastating act of terrorism in Mumbai. The England cricket players left India after the terrorists attack took India and the whole world by grief. The England cricketers were then playing the 7-match ODI series against India. When the worst struck Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, the Indian cricket team was well ahead in the series by taking an unassailable lead of 5-0 in the ODI series.

With terrorism taking front seat, sports had no relevance whatsoever in the whole picture. Rightly, the England cricket tour was suspended and the players returned back to England. As such, the last two one-day matches had been called off. The future of the test series was well in doubt.

BCCI propose Chennai and Mohali
It seems now that BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) has proposed alternate venues for the England Cricket Board to consider. Chennai and Mohali are proposed in place of Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The test matches are expected to be played during Dec 11-15 and Dec 19-23 respectively.

Will England send a strong cricket squad?
England might send a weakened squad if players are not convinced of the security situation in India. Steve Harmison expressed his horror thinking about the rooms he stayed in Mumbai, the restaurant he took food and the corridor where he was freely walking just 10 days before the terrorists attack. If what Steve Harmison said has to be taken as a sample, you would feel that England will be a second-string side if the tour goes ahead.

Security is of topmost priority and cricket can wait. India should take a step forward and ensure the safety of the citizens and foreigners. We will support her in the efforts to ensure a No-No to terrorism.


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