India's Suresh Raina (centre) celebrates taking the wicket of England's Ian Bell (left) for 235 runs with India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during day three of the fourth Test match at The Oval Cricket Ground in London. England officials have strengthened the security surrounding the India team after the tourists raised concerns amid the recent civil disorder in the country.
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LONDON (AFP) - England officials have strengthened the security surrounding the India team after the tourists raised concerns in the wake of recent civil disorder in the country.
Earlier this month several areas of London were subjected to riots and looting, with trouble spreading to other major English cities including Birmingham, where there was an outbreak of violence on the eve of last week's third Test at Edgbaston.
India, while playing down the incident in public, raised concerns with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ahead of a match England won by an innings and 242 runs to replace the tourists at the top of the ICC's Test Championship table.
ECB chiefs responded to their visitors' security worries by covering the cost of an increased number of uniformed police and undercover officials at the team hotel and ground.
Such measures were taken to allay concerns raised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and to make sure the ongoing fourth and final Test at The Oval went ahead as scheduled.
It is understood India, whose side are used to high-profile security both at home and abroad, have welcomed the additional measures.
When England last toured India in 2008 they left the country following the Mumbai terror attacks, cutting short the limited-overs series.
But they returned to play India in a two-Test series, a move that was appreciated greatly by both the BCCI and the wider Indian cricket public.
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