England arrives, stage set for India-England battle

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 11:14 [IST]
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PietersonChennai: Ending days of speculation regarding security,  a 16-member England team led by Kevin Pieterson arrived here  in Chennai on Monday night from Abu Dhabi by an Ephiyard airlines flight.

The players were whisked into waiting vehicles that took them to their hotel in the city after officials of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association received them at the airport.

The English squad was driven straight to the five star Taj Coromandel hotel where they would be put up along with the Indian team, which arrived in batches today and had a session at the nets.

Photographers and television channel camerapersons had to be content just clicking and panning shots of the players coming in as no interaction was allowed due to stringent security measures being put in place.

The second batch of the England squad numbering 17 arrived by an Emirates flight from Abu Dhabi later at 2010 hrs.

The English team will have a session at the nets at the stadium from 0900hrs to 1200 hrs tomorrow, media manager at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association(TNCA) which is hosting the Test said.

The tour has been cleared in the wake of the return of the England team after five of the seven ODIs were played, due to the terror attack in Mumbai on November 26.

Dhoni arrives in Chennai for first Test

At the behest of the England and Wales Cricket Board ECB, first its security officer Dickason and later the Chairman and Chief Executive, rushed to Chennai and examined the security arrangements for the England team during which some specific security measures sought by them were put in place. The tour was cleared after that.

The second Test is to be played in Mohali from December 19.


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