April 21, 2010

England cricket

ECB look at railroute to World Twenty20

Nitin Sundar

The English squad for the World Twenty20 may travel by train to France or Spain, in search of a functional airport from which to take off for the West Indies. The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull has thrown a spanner in the travel arrangements for the World Twenty20, and the ECB has provisionally booked Eurostar passes for the team to overcome potential disruption to the original flight plan from London. Meanwhile the ICC is considering the option of flying all the teams non-stop from Dubai to the West Indies, bypassing European air-space in the process. "We will do everything possible to ensure the players get to the Caribbean. We'll look at all possibilities to ensure the attendance of players from the UK, even if it means getting them to Dubai on helicopters and low-level flights," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat had said. His offer to help could come as a welcome relief for the ECB, which seems to have taken the concept of pre-tournament training a little too literally.

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