Security drill at Eden ahead of Hasina visit

Samsul Arefin Khan . Kolkata | Published: 22:49, Nov 19,2019


A joint security delegation team from Bangladesh on Tuesday visited the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which will host the first ever day-night Test between Bangladesh and India to conduct a security inspection.

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be attending the special opening day ceremony at the venue on November 22, prompting the members of the Special Security Force and the Bangladesh High Commission in India conducted the inspection.

The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will also be present and both of them will ring the customary bell in the stadium before the match gets underway.

A delegation team consisting of over 100-member is expected to accompany prime minister Hasina during her visit to the Eden Gardens.

Cricket Association of Bengal secretary Abhishek Dalmia said the security delegation were happy with the arrangements and asked for some nominal changes.

‘They all inspected our preparations for the match. The government agencies were there. Everyone, who is working for security and other purposes, has been explained about their responsibilities. We shared the details of the programme minute to minute,’ Dalmia told reporters on Tuesday.

‘The whole programme flow has been discussed in details. They were satisfied with our commitments. And we are also happy about it.

‘We provided them a minute to minute itinerary. There were people from high commission also. We settled down all the issues,’ he added.

Abhishek confirmed that Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila and Indian musician Jeet Ganguly will perform on the occasion in a programme after the day’s play.

‘There will be a talk show during the lunch break. There will be a lap of honour in the golf-carts in tea time with the former players and guests. The main show will be after the match,’ he added.

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