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Officials discuss security issues

THE FIRST EXERCISE for the forthcoming One Day International to be played between India and England at the Usha Raje cricket ground on April 15 began today with two security officers of the England and Welsh Cricket Board N C Olman and Sean Galahar surveying the security scenario at the stadium.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 14:49 IST

THE FIRST EXERCISE for the forthcoming One Day International to be played between India and England at the Usha Raje cricket ground on April 15 began today with two security officers of the England and Welsh Cricket Board N C Olman and Sean Galahar surveying the security scenario at the stadium.

They were accompanied by District Collector Vivek Aggarwal, SP Adarsh Katiyar, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association secretary and national selector Sanjay Jagdale, MPCA joint secretary Subhash Bais and other officials who briefed the England representatives about their plans for tight security arrangements for their players.

Earlier, in the morning both security officers were welcomed by Sanjay Jagdale and joint secretary Vasu Gangwani. The MPCA had already prepared the master plan regarding the security arrangements for the One-dayer and handed over the stadium plan to the officials.

Later, on at the MPCA office both the officers were briefed by District Collector Vivek Aggarwal and Indore SP Adarsh Katiyar. They explained in detail the arrangements to be made from the time of the team’s arrival to hotel and to the ground and back.

They also explained about the tight security during the stay of English team in Indore. Aggarwal later speaking to Hindustan Times said that they had brief meeting with the England Cricket Board representatives regarding security arrangement.

He said they visited the dressing room, entry of the players and spectators, segregation of entrance for the public and the players. He said that immediately after arrival of the team, the administration would take its charge and the team would be escorted from the airport to the hotel and to the ground and back.

Sanjay Jagdale later speaking to media said that before the match the touring team wants full security of its players and it was only issues pertaining to security arrangements that were discussed. Jagdale himself was surprised at the arrangements and said that he too learned a lot about the tight security arrangements to be made by the administration.

The Englishmen have seen two hotels — Sayaji and Fortune Land Mark – but are yet to decide the hotel. They were briefed about the hospitals in the City and medical aid available for their players which was also discussed. Jagdale said the Englishmen were happy after getting assurance regarding the security arrangements.

Jagdale said the two officials did not look at the ground as this visit was purely for security purposes. Jagdale said the ground is being prepared by Samunder Singh Chouhan and as a trial before the international match they are planning to host the Deodhar Trophy match here. The actual condition of the new wicket and the outfield would be known then, he said.