Terror-hit Mumbai set to resume domestic matches

Updated: 01 December 2008 07:16 IST

First-class cricket returns to Mumbai from Tuesday, three days after security forces ended a bloody siege in India's financial capital.

Terror-hit Mumbai set to resume domestic matches

New Delhi:

First-class cricket returns to Mumbai from Tuesday, three days after security forces ended a bloody siege in India's financial capital.

The Mumbai team will face Hyderabad in a four-day Ranji Trophy match, hoping to put aside security fears following last week's deadly attacks by armed militants which left more than 170 dead.

The match will be played at the Bandra-Kurla complex ground that lies 10 kilometres (six miles) from the scene of the bloody carnage that forced England to cancel two one-day matches and fly home.

Mumbai Cricket Association official Hemant Waingankar told the Hindustan Times newspaper there would be "the best possible security arrangements."

Officials could not say if cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar, a Mumbai resident, will play the match.

Tendulkar, 35, the world's leading run-getter in both Test and one-day cricket, is not a regular on the domestic circuit since he prefers to rest between international commitments.

The Hyderabad team will, however, include Test batsman Venkatsai Laxman, while Mumbai has international players like Ajit Agarkar, Rohit Sharma and Wasim Jaffer in its ranks.

The players appear keen to return to the field.

"Whatever happened was very unfortunate," Jaffer told the same paper. "So many people have lost their lives. We will have to overcome this and keep moving in life.

"The scar that has been left will remain but we have to be alert and ready to face such situations."

Sharma, a one-day regular in the Indian side, said he was determined to give his best in the match.

"Whatever happened was very sad," he said. "But as a professional cricketer, I don't want to put pressure on myself by thinking about the tragic events.

"The world moves on. Every game is very important for me. I don't want to take any game lightly because of the stiff competition we have."

England are expected to decide this week if they will return to India for the two-Test series starting on December 11.

The Indian cricket board has already shifted the second Test from Mumbai to the southern city of Chennai, while the first Test is to be played in the western city of Ahmedabad.

The Mumbai Test was to be played at the Brabourne stadium, a stone's throw from the Oberoi/Trident hotel complex which was attacked by the militants.



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