Won't let terrorists dictate cricket: Clarke

ECB chairman Giles Clarke has indicated that Team England will be back in India to play Tests, insisting he would not let terrorists dictate cricket.

updated: December 03, 2008 17:09 IST
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England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke has indicated that Kevin Pietersen and his men will be back in India for next week's Test series, insisting he would not let terrorists dictate cricket.

"Under no circumstances will we allow our cricket to be dictated to by terrorists. India is an enormous country and there are large parts of it that have never seen terrorist activity. In 2005 the Aussies were sensible and we are doing the same here," Clarke was quoted as saying by the 'Press Association'.

Traumatised by the mayhem in Mumbai, top players like Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison are unwilling to return to India after abandoning the last two one-dayers last month.

The England Cricket Board has sent security expert Reg Dickason to take stock of the arrangements for the two-match Test series to be held in Chennai and Mohali. Dickason has okayed Chennai and will soon visit Mohali before submitting a report to ECB.

Clarke said he was happy with the BCCI's efforts at tightening the security.

"A lot of progress has been made and some extremely good and constructive meetings have taken place," Clarke said.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India are doing all it can to facilitate the tour but we must do what we have to do properly and thoroughly. It is what every England player wants and deserves," he added.

The ECB has also demanded that a 20-man commando force be put on duty at every venue.