Mohali gets green light
The England and Wales Cricket Board security adviser, Reg Dickason, England cricket managing director Hugh Morris and Sean Morris, the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, have today approved the security arrangements for the second Test match in Mohali starting on December 19.
Hugh Morris said after inspecting the arrangements put in place by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Punjab Cricket Association: “We have nothing but praise for the efforts of everyone at Mohali.
“They have received our recommendations and really embraced all of the ECB requests. We are now looking forward to an exciting Test series which starts in Chennai tomorrow with some high quality cricket.”
Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, added: “This demonstrates the strong and determined links that exist between the BCCI and the ECB.
“I am particularly grateful to IS Bindra, the ICC president's special adviser, and the Punjab Cricket Association for all their hard work.
“We all now want to concentrate on this Test series which is extremely important for the game. I thank everyone for ensuring these matches go ahead.
“We would also like to thank and pay tribute to Sean Morris, the PCA chief executive, for his role and support during the recent security process.”
Meanwhile, David Collier, the ECB chief executive, has revealed that the ECB will match the committment by the England players to contribute 50% of their match fee to the victims of the recent Mumbai terrorist attack.
Collier said: “I think this is a magnificent gesture by the England players and we applaud them for it. The board is delighted to demonstrate our solidarity with the Indian people and especially those affected by the Mumbai attacks.”
The ECB and BCCI have also agreed that there will be a minute's silence to show their respects for those killed and injured in the Mumbai attacks. This will take place 15 minutes before the start of play.
Spectators have also been advised that security will be tight for tomorrow's match and that they should not bring bags nor bottles to the ground.