5000 cops to protect England team

Updated: 09 December 2008 11:56 IST

Five thousand police officers will provide security cover ahead of first Test in Chennai to English players who arrived in India on Monday.

5000 cops to protect England team
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New Delhi:

Five thousand police officers, including 300 highly-trained commandos, will provide security cover ahead of first Test in Chennai to English players who arrived in India on Monday.

The Tamil Nadu police force has launched a major security operation unseen before in the world cricket, The Telegraph reported.

"We are deploying over 5,000 people at the hotel and stadium," said P Balasubramaniam, the joint commissioner of the Tamil Nadu police force. "We have positioned 300 commandos at the hotel and 1,000 police at the outer periphery. These men will be there until the teams leave the city. Two thousand police personnel will be on duty at the stadium until Dec 15, the last day of the Test."

More than 300 police will patrol the grounds of the team's five-star hotel in Mumbai, which is only open to players from both teams and officials from the two cricket boards. India is still gripped by fear following the terrorist attacks on the city.

England left the relative peace of their training camp in Abu Dhabi to fly into Chennai, formerly known as Madras, where they were greeted by 1,000 Indian cricket fans.

India trained at the Chepauk Stadium in preparation for the first Test which begins on Thursday. The venue for the second Test remains in doubt and could be switched this week from Mohali to Bangalore. Reg Dickason, the ECB's security officer, has postponed his trip to Mohali until some travel issues are resolved.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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