ECB gives nod to second cricket Test at Mohali

December 10th, 2008 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), Dec 10 (IANS) The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Wednesday formally gave its clearance for the second test match to be played between England and India at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here from Dec 19.The clearance came after top ECB officials, including managing director Hugh Morris and security adviser Reg Dickason, inspected security preparations at the stadium here Wednesday and interacted with police officers here and in adjoining Chandigarh where the England cricket team will stay.

“We are delighted to be back. We are satisfied with the security arrangements here. The team will play the second test match here,” ECB managing director Hugh Morris told reporters.

“We did not put up any special security demand. We talked to local security agencies and are satisfied,” Morris said.

Both teams will arrive here Dec 16 after the first test match at Chennai, which starts Thursday.

Dickason, who arrived here Tuesday, checked all security arrangements in the stadium and the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh, 10 km from here.

The two-Test match series between the two sides was on the verge of being called off after the terror attack in Mumbai Nov 26. The English side, which was already in India and playing one-day internationals (ODIs), left the country despite two more ODIs to go.

The team returned this week after the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and security agencies assured a foolproof security cover.

Both Test matches at Chennai and Mohali will be played under unprecedented security.

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