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Indian Cricket Board Delays Team Departure for Bangladesh After Death Threats

The Indian cricket board has delayed the departure of its team for a test and limited-over series in Bangladesh, after a little-known militant group threatened to kill the Indian players.

In a letter mailed Thursday, a group calling itself Harkat-Ul-Zihad threatened to kill the Indians to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed during communal riots in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002.

Indian cricket board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra said Sunday that the team, which had been scheduled to leave Tuesday, would not leave before Wednesday after receiving an advisory from the government. He said the government is taking the threat seriously and the tour's fate will be decided by the security delegation, which arrives in Dhaka on Monday.

The Indian cricketers had been slated to depart from the eastern city of Calcutta for Bangladesh on Tuesday to play two tests and three one-dayers.

Some information for this report provided by AP .