Former England keeper calls for team to head home

Leicestershire captain Paul Nixon has pleaded with the England cricket team to return home following Wednesday’s terror attacks in Mumbai. The former England keeper has said that it ‘isn’t worth staying over a game of cricket’.

Nixon – who is currently playing in the Indian Cricket League – believes that the whole situation is much bigger than cricket and considering the exceptional circumstances – the players have ‘got to consider’ going home at this stage.

The former England keeper was due to fly to Mumbai himself as part of a Rest of the World XI, but he admitted that he and his team-mates will now reconsider their plans. Other people to have their say on the situation are Simon Jones and James Foster.

Jones was part of the 2004 England squad that remained in Zimbabwe despite President Robert Mugabe’s decision to ban journalists from entering the country. The Welshman says that it will have to be a group decision and that ‘lengthy talks’ between the players and the relevant officials will have to take place. Much like they did in Zimbabwe four years ago.

As for Essex wicket-keeper Foster, well he is of the opinion that it will be ‘a little tricky’ for the England team to continue their tour of the country. He is confident that the ECB will make the right decision though.

As things stand, the two remaining One Day International’s have been postponed, but the test matches will still go ahead according to Indian cricket officials. The location of the second test – scheduled for Mumbai – will more than likely be changed.

By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about cricket betting

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