terror attack rocks series

At least five England players are not prepared to return to India following the Mumbai terror attacks, according to former Test fast bowler Dominic Cork.

At least five England players are not prepared to return to India following the Mumbai terror attacks, according to former Test fast bowler Dominic Cork.

The players are waiting for a security report and a decision on the future of the Test series may be six days away.

"I know at least five who will turn their backs," said Cork.

Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Sean Morris has hinted England players may head to a holding camp in Abu Dhabi.

Morris is flying to Chennai, where the first Test is scheduled to start on December 11, today to meet security advisor Reg Dickason to see if the England and Wales Cricket Board's safety and security recommendations are being put in place.

"I don't think [the holding camp is] 100 percent confirmed yet. I know the logistics of preparing for the games are well developed. But I don't think it's set in stone yet," Morris said.

"But I'm sure they're looking at that and if that's the case we will go and meet them in that camp."

Morris also said that no players had told him outright that they did not want to travel.

But he added: "The guys are very nervous because they are being asked to go into an environment which is not necessarily the safest place on the planet right now.

"They have asked me to assure them all security is in place and that's what we'll do and then it comes down to a very simple equation, it's either safe or it's not and then the decision is effectively one of the ECB's."

Morris also confirmed a number of peripheral players were on standby, should regular first-teamers like Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison pull out, as they are rumoured to be contemplating.

Cork, who played in 37 Tests and 32 one-day internationals for England, refused to name the players involved but said the most important thing was that the squad stuck together. - BBC

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