x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

England cancel remaining ODI matches

A source close to Kevin Pietersen's men says the side's current tour of India has been abandoned after the attacks in Mumbai.

Indian security personnel stand guard outside the England team hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Indian security personnel stand guard outside the England team hotel in Bhubaneswar.

England have decided to abandon their current cricket tour of India and return home following the deadly Mumbai attacks, an official source said today. "They are packing their bags, they are going home," the source said from Cuttack, where England played the fifth match of the seven-game one-day series last night. England will not play the last two games of the series in Guwahati and New Delhi, he said.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) also reported that Kevin Pietersen's men had decided to fly home. An official announcement was expected to be made shortly. At least 100 people have been killed in co-ordinated attacks by militants in India's commercial capital of Mumbai. It was, however, not clear if England would return for the two-Test series scheduled to start in Ahmedabad on Dec 11. The second Test is due to be played in Mumbai from Dec 19.

*AFP