Flintoff, Harmison still undecided on touring IndiaDecember 7th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by IANS
Abu Dhabi, Dec 7 (IANS) Some England players including Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison are still undecided about returning to India for the Test series, said coach Peter Moores.England are camping here and awaiting security clearance for the two-Test series starting in Chennai from Thursday.
“I am fairly confident everybody will go if the security report is okay,” Moores was quoted as saying by the Press Association.
“But it is a difficult situation and everybody sees things differently. Individuals have different views. The worry is that if somebody makes their choice one way or the other, they get marginalised for it.”
Harmison and Flintoff had expressed their reservation on touring India and they are still haven’t changed their perception.
“Players are in different places. There are players I have spoken to more than others. Some make a decision quite quickly. For others it takes a bit longer. Fred has had issues and it’s fair to say Steve Harmison has as well. The important message from me is that we respect people and allow them to have their views,” Moores said.
“What I do know about those two guys is that they are massively proud to play for their country and both have missed out on Test match cricket and are both desperate to play again.”
England returned from India midway through the one-day series after terror strikes in Mumbai.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) security expert Reg Dickason, Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, and Sean Morris, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, have visited India to assess the security situation. Their report will determine the future of the tour.
“In this instance, Fred wants to take all the information in and make his call. If he thinks it’s right he will go and represent his country.”
“If you force people to go than you can have an equally damaging effect. They have to go for the right reasons. I want us to go proud as an England team and put on an entertaining spectacle for cricket - English fans, Indian fans - and put security to the back of the mind and get on with the game,” Moores said.
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