General News | 27th November 2008
India Series Postponed After Mumbai Attacks
England’s final two one day internationals against India have been postponed and their Test fixtures are in doubt following terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
The squad are staying 900 miles away from Mumbai in Bhubaneswar but are scheduled to return for a Test match on 19 December.
Middlesex have cancelled their flights to Mumbai for the Champions League which is also in serious doubt.
“We have reviewed all our security arrangements in the light of these attacks and will be taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the team," said ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris.
"This morning I held initial discussions with the Hon Sec of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), Mr N Srinivasan, as well as representatives from the Indian team management at the team hotel in Bhubaneswar.
"I have also briefed the England players and management on the situation as well as liaising closely with the ECB chairman (Giles Clarke) and chief executive (David Collier) and the players' representatives.
"The events of last night were deeply distressing and the situation is still unfolding. We are urgently seeking information from expert sources regarding last night's attacks and will continue to hold further discussions with our colleagues from the BCCI over the next 24 hours."
The England squad will review the situation over the next 24 hours before making a decision on whether or not to abandon the tour.