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ODIs postponed following attacks

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The ECB today requested the postponement of the sixth and seventh one-day internationals in the current series between India and England. The BCCI has agreed to this request.

The England team will not travel to Guwahati this afternoon as scheduled and will remain in Bhubaneswar overnight pending further discussions with the BCCI.

ECB managing director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris said: “On behalf of the board and the England team, we would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of those people who were killed or injured in last night’s attacks.

“The safety and security of the England team is of the utmost importance to ECB.

“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.

“This morning I held initial discussions with the Hon Sec of BCCI, 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 and chief executive 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.”