England cricket team in city

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:22am on October 01, 2016

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Members of England one-day international cricket team, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Buttler, arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday night. — Courtesy BCB

England one-day international side, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Buttler, arrived in Dhaka on Friday amid huge security for a three-match series against the home side, officials said.

Nur-e-Azam, the officer-in-charge of airport police station, said the visiting side landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:47pm and was immediately put under a security blanket.

‘Huge number of security personnel deployed here at the airport for the visiting England side,’ said Azam shortly after the team arrived.

‘In addition to regular security forces, members of other forces including the Rapid Action Battalion and police were engaged in providing security to the visiting side,’ he said.

Hossain Imam, chief security consultant of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, confirmed that the visiting side was escorted to Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden under heavy protection.

The England team's tour, which also comprises two Tests, was thrown into doubt after extremists attacked Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Gulshan on July 1, killing at least 22 people, including 18 foreigners.

After their own security expert carried out an assessment in Bangladesh, England and Wales Cricket board decided to go ahead with a month-long tour that begins with a one-day warm-up match on October 4.

While Alistair Cook will continue to captain the Test team, One Day International side skipper Eoin Morgan has decided not to travel on security grounds, handing over the responsibility to Buttler.