England team practicing in Abu Dhabi ahead of India tour

December 6th, 2008 - 12:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Abu Dhabi (UAE), Dec.6 (ANI): The England cricket team has arrived in Abu Dhabi for a practice session over the weekend, at the end of which, a decision will be taken on whether to tour or not to tour India.
Kevin Pietersen and company checked into their Abu Dhabi hotel at 4.15 a.m. on Friday, and just nine hours later, the players were in the nets preparing for the return to India. According to The Sun, Englands white Test kit and equipment is currently in Baroda, where a practice match was originally scheduled for yesterday.
Meanwhile, Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf will not stand in the First Test in Chennai after a delay in obtaining a new visa.
The First Test was shifted from Ahmedabad and the Second away from Mumbai following last weeks terrorist attacks.
Pakistani and Indian nationals need city-specific visas in each others countries Rauf had valid paperwork for Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore only. (ANI)

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