ECB official to review security in India

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2001, 21:21 [IST]
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London: A senior official from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and an England players' representative will fly to India on Wednesday to conduct a security review ahead of England's proposed Test match tour.

A statement issued by the ECB on Monday said that John Carr, its director of cricket operations and Tim Gorman, representing the England players and the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) would be travelling to Delhi and Calcutta before returning on Saturday, November 3.

England is still waiting for five members of its 16-man squad Marcus Trescothick, Andy Caddick, Craig White, Ashley Giles and Robert Croft to say whether they are willing to go on tour in the light of security concerns caused by the September 11 terror attacks in the United States.

The ECB was hopeful that they will have an answer from most, if not all, the doubters by the end of this week although they may well delay their decision until Carr returns.It is in part to allay their concerns that Carr is flying out to India although the former Middlesex batsman said, "This visit in no way calls into question the security arrangements planned by the Indian authorities.

Following the events of September 11 security is obviously a concern and we feel that it is absolutely right that we meet with the Indian authorities to confirm details of their arrangements."Carr and Gorman will travel to Delhi and Calcutta where they will beaccompanied by Peter Holland, First Secretary at the British HighCommission.

They will meet with Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of the Board ofCricket Control for India (BCCI). They also hope to meet officials from the Indian government's Home Ministry, which is responsible for security arrangements during the tour, and Tom McCann, Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in India.

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