England tour of India - News - Cricket: England tour opener shifted for security reasons
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2001, 22:31 [IST]
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New Delhi: India's cricket chiefs on Thursday changed the venue for England's tour opener this month from a ground with no fences to the regular Test centre in Bombay due to security reasons.The two-day match against a team from the Mumbai Cricket Association was to be hosted by the Bombay Gymkhana on November 18 and 19.But with the Gymkhana ground having no fences or stands, it was decided to shift the game to the Wankhede stadium, Bombay's Test centre, where adequate security can be provided to the tourists."We have been asked to host the match at the Wankhede for security reasons," MCA joint secretary Mayank Khandwalla said from Bombay."It's a late development. There is some repair work going on in the West stand, so the Wankhede stadium may not be in the shape we wanted it to be for a tour match."England, which arrives in Bombay on November 14, was initially reluctant to go ahead with the tour because of security concerns over US-led strikes in Afghanistan.