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Elaborate security for Rajkot ODI

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the first ODI between India and England to be played at SCA stadium on January 11.

‘As many as 1,300 policemen including four SPs and 25 DySPs have been deployed in and outside the SCA stadium where the first ODI between India and England will be played. The security arrangements have been divided in four sectors. Each sector would be supervised by SP cadre official. Nearly 500 mediapersons are coming to cover the match and therefore separate security arrangements have been made for them,’  Rajkot rural superintendent of police Premveer Singh said.

The hotel, where both the teams are staying, has also been turned into a fortress with deployment of around 125 policemen, the official said. However, the SCA has not installed fencing on the boundary line so that viewers can watch the match uninterrupted but has put up as many as 40 CCTVs to keep a close eye on the crowd, said Niranjan Shah, secretary of the SCA.


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The entire England team led by captain Alastair Cook and two Indian players, Ishant Sharma and Suresh Raina, arrived in Rajkot on special plane from New Delhi in the morning while rest of the players, except Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, came later in the day,’ an official of Saurashtra Cricket Association said.

Pujara is playing Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Karnataka at Saurashtra University ground and would join the team on Thursday morning. England trained on Wednesday evening while Indian will practice on Thursday morning.
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