England to decide their return to India by Monday

Updated: 30 November 2008 17:10 IST

The England team will know by Monday whether to return to India to play the two-match Test series, ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris said.

England to decide their return to India by Monday

London:

The England team, which arrived here late on Saturday, will know by Monday whether to return to India to play the two-match Test series, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Managing Director Hugh Morris said.

Speaking to newspersons at the Heathrow airport after the team's arrival, Morris said a security risk assessment report of returning to India will be available within 48 hours and a decision will be made after that.

The report will be prepared with inputs from team security consultant Reg Dickason, talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Morris reiterated that if the team's safety was guaranteed, it would return for the two Tests in Ahmedabad (December 11-15) and Chennai (December 19-23).

"We have come back to assess the safety and security situation in India. We have a team of people that we rely on for our safety and security information. They're pulling that information together over the next 24 to 48 hours and, clearly, we'll assess that information when we have it.

"Clearly, we are committed to going back and playing in a Test series if it is safe to do so," he said.

"Would I go back? If it was safe and secure, absolutely."

Morris, however, said no player would be forced to return against their will.

"I do not think we would force anybody to do anything. I would not, if somebody felt strongly, force their arm. They would have the necessary information to make an informed decision but that would be a personal choice."

"We have to give them the most up-to-date security information and then clearly it will be a decision for the players to make," Morris said.

"Everybody has been affected by the terrible goings-on in Mumbai. It has affected the players as much as everybody. There's a degree of nervousness, there's no doubt about that. That's only natural. It's affected everybody."

He acknowledged that the team had a "very short timescale" to work with, with the first Test due to be played in Ahmedabad from December 11 but said once the green signal is given by security experts the team will have to return soon.

"The first Test match starts on December 11 and clearly it is a very short time scale but assuming the safety and security is OK, we would be returning in a short time.

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