Players hungry to return - Morris
Professional Cricketers’ Association chief executive Sean Morris believes England are relishing the opportunity to go back to India after they agreed to complete the Test series.
Morris, namesake Hugh - managing director of the ECB - and security advisor Reg Dickason briefed the players on security measures last night following their return to Abu Dhabi from Chennai.
England then confirmed they will travel to India with a full-strength squad for the two-match series, a week after they left the country in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
“We obviously gave the security advice that the ECB has put together to the players to give them the confidence,” Sean Morris said.
“The guys have got the bit between their teeth now. They have said to themselves, ‘Here’s an opportunity to deliver something the whole country can buy in to’.
“We are looking forward to getting out there and playing cricket now.”
Morris revealed he had talked to every player and had not been needed to persuade them into returning.
“They were in a very difficult situation,” he said. “You are asking sportsmen to go into an environment that has suffered a tragedy recently.
“They asked a lot of questions and it was great to see the whole room come together and support each other to go back to India.
“It wasn’t my role to persuade them. I just had to make sure that they have relevant and accurate information.
“We managed to get to a point where everyone was happy to proceed.
"It was a very thorough process and I think that, in my eyes, their standing and ours have been improved.”