Nov 27, 2008

Sport - Cricket;India-England ODI series called off

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The last two matches of the India v England one-day series have been called off because of security fears following Wednesday's militant attacks in Mumbai, an Indian board spokesman said on Thursday.

"The final two one-day internationals are off," Devendra Prabhudesai said.

The future of next month's two-test series is yet to be decided.

An England Cricket Board (ECB) statement said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had agreed to its request to postpone the remaining two one-dayers.

The fifth match was due to be played at Guwahati on Saturday and the final game on Dec 2.

The England team will not travel to Guwahati on Thursday as scheduled and will remain in Bhubaneswar overnight pending further discussions with the BCCI.

A group of militants armed with automatic weapons and grenades burst into luxury hotels, a hospital and a railway station late on Wednesday and fired indiscriminately, killing more than a hundred people.

"The safety and security of the England team is of the utmost importance to ECB," the statement said.

"We have reviewed all our security arrangements in the light of these attacks and will be taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the team."

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