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Thursday, November 27, 2008

England Performance squad to fly out of India

Bhubhaneshwar: Not only has the England senior team cancelled its international engagements in India, even the England Performance squad have decided to call off their tour of India and rush back home in the light of Wednesday night's terror attack in Mumbai.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Managing Director Hugh Morris addressed the media on Thursday afternoon at Bhubhaneshwar, where the senior England team is resideing after their fifth ODI against India. He announced that the England Performance squad, including the likes of former captain Michael Vaughan and left arm spinner Monty Panesar, will head back home at the earliest.

The England Performance squad are currently based in Bangalore, where they are training, and were due to play two matches - one in Bangalore and one in Mumbai.

They were even supposed to be staying at the Taj Mahal Hotel during their visit of Mumbai, one of the places that was the target of the militants during their attack on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Further, Morris said no decision had been made on two-Test series between England and India, and that the ECB was awaiting security advice, after which the ECB would act appropriately.

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