The touring England cricket team arrived here on Friday to play the third Test against India, but without bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed.
The English team, which squared the series 1-1 winning the second Test in Mumbai, arrived four days early to get acclimatised. Mushtaq returned to Pakistan on personal business and will rejoin the squad before the start of the third Test.
The team went to the hotel form the airport and also announced a day’s rest on Saturday.
The English team will spend the weekend in community service by visiting an NGO named Future Hope while some players have also expressed the desire to play golf in the city that hosts one of the oldest golf clubs outside the British Isles.
Meanwhile, the arrival of the visiting side signalled a spurt in the security measures with the city police announcing that it will throw a special safety cover around the pitch in Eden Gardens, the venue of the match.
The pitch security will come under the city police’s protection four days ahead of the match, from Saturday.
The Joint Commissioner (Headquarters) of Kolkata Police, Jawed Shamim, had a discussion with the officials of the local host — Cricket Association of Bengal — and announced elaborate security arrangements, which will include having special watch towers and sand-bunkers around the stadium and en route to the team hotel.
The Indian team will arrive in batches on Sunday.