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Collateral damage: England cricket tour jeopardised by Mumbai terror attacks

by | 27th, November 2008

As a result of the terror attacks in Mumbai, England have postponed their (already meaningless) last two one-day internationals against India. Fair enough.

More seriously perhaps, the Test series between the two nations is under threat. The second Test was scheduled to take place in Mumbai from 19 December, but there’s every chance that England will fly home without playing any more cricket.

The inaugural Twenty20 Champions League is also about to begin in India, but with Middlesex CCC staying in England – they were due to fly to Mumbai today – and the Aussies banned from entering the country by their authorities, that tournament is also in jeopardy.

“Something like this puts sport in perspective…”

So goes the cliche, whenever real life interferes with the fripperies of sport. But sport, as trivial as it is, can have a therapeutic effect on the masses – hundreds of thousands of Indian cricket fans, many of whom love the sport with religious fervour, will be genuinely gutted at the prospect of the Test series against England not happening, quite regardless of what happened in Mumbai.

Of course, the players’ safety is paramount, but no one is safer then the squads of India and England, who are protected 24/7 by armed guards.

Do you think England should fly home now?



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