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England High performance team leaves following terrorist mayem

Bangalore, Nov 28 (UNI) The on-going terrorist attack in Mumbai has forced the England High Performance team, led by former England captain Michael Vaughan, to wind up their month-long training camp in the middle and left for England today.

The 17-member team, including Vaughan, Test specialists Andrew Strauss and Monty Panesar, arrived here on November 22 and they were scheduled to play a three-day match against Karnataka on November 29 before leaving for Mumbai for another match ahead of the beginning of the Test series between England and India.

Some of them were supposed to have been included in the England team for the two Test series.

''The specialists team left here by a flight at about 1000 hrs this morning as per direction from ECB and UK Foreign Office,'' Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) sources told UNI.

Team's Media Manager Mark Ward said, ''We have received instructions to pack up and return to the country and we are moving.'' Vaughan and two of his colleagues were supposed to have coached specially challenged children of Special Olympics but stayed away as per ECB advice.

The team after its arrival underwent skill as well fitness programmes. However, they were confined indoors following incessant rain due to the cyclone in Bay of Bengal for the past three days.


Story first published: Friday, November 28, 2008, 16:08 [IST]
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