England fans urged not to be deterred
England cricket supporters should not be put off travelling to India by the Mumbai attacks, a spokesman for the unofficial "Barmy Army" fan club said Thursday.
Paul Winslow recalled that suicide bombings in London three years ago did not deter fans, voicing hope that Test matches would go ahead in India despite the deadly attacks that have killed more than 100 people.
"It is worth remembering that just a few weeks after the 7/7 attacks we sat at Lord's watching England play," he said referring to the July 7, 2005 bombings which killed 56 in London, including four suicide bombers.
"I only hope everything is done to try and make this tour happen -- not just for our fans but for everyone in Mumbai. London did not grind to a halt in 2005 so why should they?" he added.
England on Thursday abandoned their one-day series in India following the attacks in Mumbai, and talks began aimed at salvaging the two subsequent Test matches, one of which is due to be played in the city from December 19.
The England team will stay in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar for 24 hours as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) officials hold discussions with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chiefs on the fate of the two-Test series.
The first match is scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad starting on December 11.
Winslow said: "The overwhelming point for me is that we are all intending to go ahead with our trips to Mumbai. There is an argument that if the fans can go, so should the players.