November 2, 2001

ECB representatives complete meetings in India

John Carr (Director of Cricket Operations ECB and Tim O'Gorman (Team England Representative) have now completed their round of meetings in Kolkata and Delhi. They would like to thank the President and Hon. Secretary of BCCI, Mr Dalmiya and Mr Shah and the Government officials with whom they met, for their warm welcome and co-operation.

As well as discussing a number of other administrative issues relating to England's forthcoming cricket tour, a major purpose of the visit to India was to confirm details of the security arrangements with the Indian authorities.

John Carr said:

"From the ECB perspective the forthcoming Tour to India has always been on and we are very pleased that the Tour party has now been finalised with the addition of Richard Johnson and Martyn Ball. It is essential that our Team and Management can have peace of mind with regard to security arrangements to enable them to focus 100% on the cricketing job in hand. We are now very happy that arrangements can be put in place to achieve this end. We look forward to a most exciting Test Series."

Tim O'Gorman said:

"I spoke to the players before I arrived in India and I believe that all their individual concerns can be substantially addressed by the proposed security arrangements. It is obviously now my duty to report back to the players on my return to England."