England tour of India - Cricket: England team arrives amid tight security
Published: Friday, January 11, 2002, 17:44 [IST]
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Kolkata: The England cricket team arrived from London on Friday morning by a British Airways flight a few hours behind schedule and were immediately driven to a city hotel amidst tight security arrangements.The British Airways flight scheduled to reach at 6.40 am (IST) landed here at 8.20 (IST) am and the players boarded a luxury bus, which was parked inside the airport.Hordes of media men who had assembled at the airport since early morning got only a glimpse of the players seated on the bus when the vehicle whisked past them from a side gate.Security officials had not divulged the exit route of the team till the last minute keeping the media guessing. Autograph hunters, who had blocked the main gate, were also a disappointed lot.Apart from airport security men, gun toting commandos and Rapid Action Force personnel had taken up position at the airport complex much before the arrival of the flight.Officials of the British Deputy High Commission and Cricket Association of Bengal were present at the airport to receive them. One of the Deputy High Commission officials had reached the airport early to oversee transport arrangements.After completion of the immigration formalities, the players were presented bouquets by CAB officials. The players were accorded a traditional welcome at the Taj Bengal Hotel where security was also tight.The team will begin its practice session at the Calcutta Cricket and Football club (CCFC) ground from Saturday after taking a day's rest to overcome the jet lag. Special security arrangements have been planned at the CCFC ground.PTI