England cricket team arrives in Mumbai amid high security

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 06:40 hrs

England cricket team arrived in Mumbai in the wee hours of Monday amid high security for the Test series slated to take place in November followed by One Day Internationals (ODIs) later in January 2013.

This will be England's first tour to India after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as they had left the tour midway and had returned home.

Considered as the biggest and boldest militant attack on Indian soil, the two days and three nights witnessed a series of deadly attacks on a range of civilian targets, killing 166 people.

Ten militants of a Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, went on a rampage for almost three days killing innocent people across the city.

Prior to arrival of the team, a delegation from the England Cricket Board (ECB) had inspected the stadiums in India's eastern Kolkata and western Ahmedabad cities and had assessed the security arrangements.

England cricket team led by its captain Alastair Cook would play four tests, two T-20 matches and five one-day internationals during their winter tour to India.

The English team would play three warm-up matches, ahead of the opening test match of the series, which would commence at Ahmedabad from November 15.

The England squad consists of Alastair Cook (Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott.

The tour will last for around three months during which, England would return home after T20 series for the Christmas and New Year break. However, It would return to India on January 03 for a five-match ODI series, which is scheduled from January 11 to 27. (ANI)

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