England resume India tour
England will resume their tour of India and take a full-strength squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed tonight.
The players were briefed on the latest security update in Abu Dhabi today after Hugh Morris, ECB managing director, and Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Sean Morris and ECB security advisor Reg Dickason returned from Chennai.
During a lengthy meeting the squad's concerns over security were met, and all the players later agreed to return to India and complete the Test leg of the tour.
The one-day series was cut short last month following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, after which the squad returned home.
They arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday to begin their Test preparations, and today’s decision means they will fly from there to Chennai, the revised venue for the opening Test starting on Thursday.
Hugh Morris said: "It’s obviously been a very emotional 10 days or so since the atrocities in Mumbai.
"We’ve had a lot of discussions with the players following a number of security information audits we’ve had from the very highest levels of government and our own security team.
"Following the meeting we have had this evening, we can confirm that the England team will be travelling to Chennai in the next 24 hours to play in the first Test match against India.
"All players, quite rightly, wanted to have the most up-to-date information available.
"They will be remembered by aficionados for their Test records, their performances on the field, how they bat and how they bowl.
"Every now and again there is an opportunity that arises which transcends cricket and goes beyond the boundary.
"The players have made a very brave and courageous decision and that will be hugely respected all around the world.
"It has been a very difficult situation, a very emotional, sensitive time for everybody and it has been hard for the players to come to this decision, but they all have, and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing India."
The second Test is scheduled to take place in Mohali from December 19-23, having been switched from Mumbai.