England revert to West Indies Plan A

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England will travel directly to the West Indies for the World Twenty 20 after the contingency plans put in place by the International Cricket Council were not needed.

The ICC, charged with making travel arrangements for all teams involved in the global tournament, announced proposals on Thursday to provide a Plan B for teams affected by the volcanic ash shut-down of UK and European airspace. But an ICC spokesman said yesterday: "We have reverted to the original schedule. We had a contingency plan in place, but Plan B was not required because of the lifting of the restrictions on air travel."

Indian lawmakers have called for a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of corruption against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi and its wealthy franchise owners just two days before the final.

India's parliament was disrupted several times yesterday as legislators demanded an investigation into charges that franchises had been sold for millions of dollars without accounting for the source of the funds, news reports said.

Opposition party members also demanded the resignation of two ministers, saying their families had benefited from the IPL. In the past few days investigators searched team owners' offices and income tax officials questioned Modi.