December 11, 2008

India vs England Test 2008-09: a timely decision of ECB and the Test series

After a discussion, ECB showed the green signal to the English cricketers to play the two test matches in India. After Mumbai attack, the seven matches ODI series come to end in five and the test series was completely uncertain. The first test will be held in Chennai and the second ODI was scheduled in Mohali Panjab but it is not sure about the second test venue whenever Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh selected. Now, England team is in Chennai where the first test in that will be held on 11 December 2008 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

Cricinfo wrote:

"We took players through security advice and now they are looking forward to getting down and playing cricket now," Sean Morris said. "My role was to make sure they have the accurate information. They asked some great questions and it was great to see the room come together. I spoke to every player over the last few days. They had a lot of questions and needed them all answered." 

I think, ECB’s decision is very timely and a positive signal for the cricket fans all over the world because India is the most important location for cricket. Not only for a large number of supportive fans but also the dreamland for cricket business. It would show a big effect in cricket industry if ECB would take a negative decision. 

EnglandSquad: Kevin Pietersen (capt), Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Andrew Flintoff, Matt Prior, Tim Ambrose, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Amjad Khan, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Monty Panesar. (Adil Rashid also travelling)