December 5, 2008

England in India 2008-09

Why England must tour


Mark Lawson writes in the Guardian that England must tour India for the same reasons that they boycotted Zimbabwe and apartheid-era South Africa. He also explains how the Mumbai strikes are different from the London bombing during the 2005 Ashes and lists some of the challenges facing England's cricketers when they tour India.

The traditional features of the sport - length, leisureliness and lack of physical barriers between players and crowd - conspire to make it irrelevant in the aftermath of a bloodbath. Of all sports, cricket allows most time for thinking, and the negative thoughts that some of the squad will be suffering can not simply be dismissed

In the same paper, Mike Selvey says that there is a recent trend of players feeling the need for excessive security.

While the England team wait for the security report to give them the all-clear, Angus Fraser makes a strong case in the Independent for tour to go ahead.

If there is one thing in India that can help heal the horrific damage that has taken place it is cricket ... India cannot and should not forget what took place last week but it needs cricket to help it recover. If normality is to return conversation has to go back to Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


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