Graeme Swann, for whom this tour could have been a golden opportunity to establish himself, is reportedly unsure about whether or not to return, and Steve Harmison has been making worrying noises as well.
If a number of key players choose not to travel (something that seems likely given that many of the established players have young families), then the message sent out will be mixed at best, and at worst will be seen as confirmation that India is an ‘unsafe’ place to travel to. This could be incredibly counterproductive for a country trying desperately to rebuild its tourism and international business.
I hope that either everyone travels or nobody does. Besides the political ramifications, the cricket will be a lot worse with only half an England side competing.