London, Nov 30 (UNI) At the time when former cricketing legends-Ian Botham and David Gower were urging English players to go ahead with the two-Test series against India, former skipper Michael Vaughan feels that if the series will go as per schedule England will have a depleted squad as most of the players will chose to remain at home.
Vaughan, who was in India at the time of Mumbai terror attacks with England's high performance squad and left its month long training camp mid-way and had flown back home, stated that it will be very difficult for the players to go and play in these conditions as he himself prefer to stay at home.
The recent terror attacks in Mumbai has forced the BCCI to cancelled the two remaining ODIs of the seven-match series after the request of the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB).
''All the lads will be desperate to play cricket for their country, but they will want to have their safety guaranteed and the trouble with this sort of attack is that safety cannot be guaranteed, even if they are given presidential security,'' Vaughan told the 'Sunday Telegraph'.
Vaughan also went on to add that due to security fears, players, especially young ones would find hard to go and perform.
''We have a duty to go and play cricket if it is safe to do so, but if the players have fear, they can't go out there and perform.
''There are a lot of young players in this England squad who are new to this sort of thing. Can they focus and concentrate on cricket so soon afterwards? Any slightly negative mentality and they will get found out,'' he said.
Vaughan also stated that the terror attacks will be fresh in mind of the players if they would go to play the two-Test series as all its happened just a fortnight ago and added that to play a series against India players will need some more time to overcame what they have seen on the television.
''Having been there and watched the scenes on TV - scenes of gunmen shooting people and corpses being dragged out of a hotel where the England team were staying a fortnight ago and where they were due to be staying in just over a fortnight.
''Above all, there has to be a period of mourning, and I think that less than a fortnight is not long enough,'' he added.
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