West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo and batsman Andre Russell arrived in Kochi today ahead of the first Oneday International against India on October 8. There was some confusion as the two players got into the wrong vehicle. When informed, they got out into another car which was also not meant for transporting them.
Kerala Cricket Association officials said there was no security lapse and the confusion was only because the media personnel rushed ahead on seeing the two players. Only media personnel and police were informed about the arrival of the two players. As soon as the two were spotted, the media rushed to them, the officials said. The rest of the members of the West Indies contingent and the Indian team are expected to reach here tomorrow.
Meanwhile, member of BCCI Pitches Committee, Tapos Chatterjee, who inspected the wicket, said the pitch was good and help both bowlers and batsmen. ‘One days are always batsmen wicket. But we have to do something for the bowlers as well,’ he added. In case of rain, the BCCI had taken all precautions and had enough manpower to start the match as much as fast, he added.
The Kerala Police had made elaborate security arrangements to maintain the law and order for the smooth conduct of the match. Elaborating the measures taken by the police, ADGP (South Zone) K Padmakumar told reporters here that the force would be controlled by two DCP, one inside the stadium and the other outside the stadium. They would be assisted by 25 DySPs and 80 Circle Inspectors and 200 Sub Inspectors, he added.
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