England tour of India - News - Cricket: ECB fully satisfied with security arrangements

Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: The decks were cleared for English cricket team's tour of India starting later in November with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday expressing full satisfaction with the security arrangements planned by the Indian Government.ECB Director of Operations John Carr and English players' representative Tim O'Gorman held extensive discussions with officials of Home Ministry and BCCI and were convinced that the security planned by the Indian authorities would "substantially address the concerns of the English cricketers"."It is essential that our team and management can have peace of mind with regard to security arrangements to enable them to focus 100 per cent on the cricketing job in hand. We are now happy that arrangements can be put in place to achieve this end. We look forward to a most exciting Test series," Carr told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.After meeting BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Thursday, the ECB team on Friday held consultations with joint secretary (Security) in Ministry of Home Affairs Harminder Rajsingh and were "reassured" by the government that their security concerns would be adequately addressed."I spoke to the players before I arrived in India and I believe all their individual concerns can be substantially addressed by the proposed security arrangements," a press release by ECB quoted O'Gorman as saying. Carr denied reports that he had come with a list of demands including a written assurance from BCCI that the safety of English cricketers would be ensured."Basically we heard what we wanted to hear," he said. Carr also ruled out any change in venues of Test matches. "I don't see any reason at this stage for any change in the venues of Tests," Carr said referring to reports that the first Test may be shifted out of Mohali."We have no specific concern with any individual venue. We will be getting daily updates from the (British) Foreign Office and the High Commission (in Delhi). That's an ongoing process," he said.Concerned with the security situation in the region in the wake of US strikes in Afghanistan, two English cricketers Robert Croft and Andrew Caddick have opted out of the India tour and their replacements were announced on Friday. Somerset paceman Richard Johnson and Gloucestershire off spinner MartynBall, both uncapped, have been included in England's squad. Carr said the decision of Croft and Caddick not to tour India would not be held against them but "their selection for the latter part of the winter tour cannot be guaranteed".PTI

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