Kirsten to return to India this weekend

December 5th, 2008 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 5 (IANS) Indian coach Gary Kirsten, who flew back after the terror attacks, will return to India this weekend and has urged England to come back for the Test series if they get the security clearance.Kirsten returned home to Cape Town when the last two one-day internationals against England were cancelled following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

But the former South Africa Test batsman has confirmed that he will be returning to India having been satisfied by assurances from security experts.

“I shall be going back to India this weekend,” Kirsten said.

“I have had a lot of things to weigh up and it’s obviously a concern with my family in South Africa. But I am very much part of the India set-up, I enjoy working there and I want to keep the momentum going from the good work we have done recently.

“Once the security people have given the go ahead to return, what more can you do?” Kirsten was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph.

Kirsten admits that England’s players will feel under pressure to return to play the rescheduled Tests in Chennai and Mohali, and he sympathises with the position they are in.

“From a security point of view the England players have received assurances, the question on everyone’s mind is: how safe is safe?” Kirsten said.

“There is no way that security can be guaranteed wherever you are in the world. But you can’t keep saying no. There are terrorism threats everywhere, even the UK is not immune from them,” he said.

“But if the professional security people who are paid to make these assessments have given the go-ahead, then I think you have to go with it.”

“I feel for the England players, they have got a difficult decision to make and they are going to be put under pressure to make a personal decision. It will be a tough call for individuals,” Kirsten added.

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