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Foolproof security assured

Armed with a written undertaking from Tamil Nadu Police to provide foolproof security during the first cricket Test here, ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris will hold discussions with the English cricketers in Abu Dhabi before giving green signal to the two-match Test series against India.

cricket Updated: Dec 07, 2008 00:49 IST

Armed with a written undertaking from Tamil Nadu Police to provide foolproof security during the first cricket Test here, ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris will hold discussions with the English cricketers in Abu Dhabi before giving green signal to the two-match Test series against India.

Morris arrived in Chennai this morning from Abu Dhabi and held two meetings with city police Commissioner K Radhakrishnan and other top officials. He discussed with the police officials the security arrangements made at the stadium and for the players and also the latest threat at the airports in India.

“As per the detailed discussion in the morning, we have handed over a statement of account detailing the bandobust arrangements at each of the places, including the venue, where the England players and their officials are expected to make their presence. This is in pursuance of the discussions held by the Commissioner with Reg Dickason, Security Chief of ECB,” police sources said.

“Morris said he would hold discussions with the team management stationed in Abu Dhabi before giving his final say to us,” the sources added.

Meanwhile, speculations that ECB had requested the Indian Cricket Board to shift the second Test from Mohali to Bangalore turned out to be incorrect with top BCCI officials denying this.

The Chennai police is installing extra equipment to provide a tight security cover to the visiting team.

“Dickason expressed satisfaction. Central access control system will be installed at vantage points and the players' viewing area and also at the team hotel,” police sources said.

“The players, upon their arrival here, will be advised to restrict their movements outside the hotel area. The Tamil Nadu Police will also provide extra security at the stadium, which will be more than the usual security arrangement and the players protection by the security staff will be watertight,” the police sources said.

Dickason, who had a round of meeting with the Police Commissioner and held discussions with BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan, besides inspecting the dressing rooms and few stands at the stadium on Thursday, looked satisfied and said, “We had some security concerns and those have been addressed.”

Rain hits England practice

Abu Dhabi: Heavy rains disrupted England cricket team's training session here on Saturday with the fury of weather gods cutting their workout for the day in half ahead of next week's first Test against India in Chennai.

The 38-strong contingent, which includes 13 Test members and 10 performance squad members, were to head to nets at 0930 local time, but their departure for the Sheikh Zayed Stadium was put back to 1300 due to persistent rain.

England have set up a training camp here until a definitive decision is made on Sunday on the trip back to India following the Mumbai terror attacks.

They are breaking unusual ground by preparing for a Test in a different country.