England fan finds security plans on public computer

Reg Dickason (centre) has raised concerns about the security lapse © AFP

The England management have been left concerned and unimpressed after the security plans for their stay in Chennai were found on a public computer.

The plans, which included the details of which hotel rooms the players were in and how many staff were on guard on each floor, were found by an England supporter saved on the desktop of a publicly accessible computer in the lobby of a different hotel. It also contained details about the plain-clothes officers on duty and the location of officers on nearby rooftops overseeing the surrounding area.

The document, named ‘Bandobust’, was a Chennai Police Operational Order addressed to the Joint Assistant Commissioners of Chennai Police. It was not password protected.

An employee at the hotel, informed about the document, suggested local police regularly took advantage of the computer at the hotel.

The supporter immediately alerted the England team who took the issue up with the local authorities. It is understood that the England management requested the security plans be reviewed and updated to ensure any leak cannot be exploited.

England were full of praise for the arrangements on the first leg of their winter tour to Bangladesh which went ahead amid unprecedented levels of security following terror attacks in the country earlier this year.

Hotels were surrounded by armed guards and snipers, roads were closed as the team travelled in convoy to the ground and players and management were rarely permitted to leave the hotel outside of the matches.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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