Former Test cricketer Chris Broad has backed England and his son Stuart's decision to tour India.
Broad, whose son is a member of the England squad flying from Abu Dhabi to Chennai for the first Test on Thursday, had feared a cancellation of the tour might create a divide in the world game.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have given security assurances that the players will be protected in the wake of terrorist attacks in Mumbai though and Broad senior is fully behind the decision to return.
"I think it's a terrific decision for cricket in general," said Broad.
"Obviously it's a tough one for the England players to have made, and the Indian players, of course, because they are also under some kind of threat, but I think it's a terrific decision. I think this tour is important for world cricket.
"Over 70 per cent of funds for international cricket come from the Indian sub-continent, so clearly there is a monetary issue there, but it's huge for the game of cricket that India is not isolated."
The England squad returned home five matches into their scheduled seven-game One-Day International series while awaiting security reports from ECB expert Reg Dickason.
And Broad believes the players can have confidence in the guarantees they have been given.
"They have to have great strength in what the security advice was that they received from Hugh Morris [managing director England cricket] and take that on board," he added.
"I think it wouldn't be given unless is it was almost a guarantee that there wasn't going to be anything. So I think they can focus solely on playing cricket now.
"Certainly when I was touring you were allowed to go out of hotels and see some of the country, that was the beauty of touring.
"I think in the sub-continent now, that sort of touring is in the past, and it's a huge shame. But it's a fact of life and players are just going to have to get used to the fact that they will be cocooned in their hotel with security."