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December 20, 2016

England security plans left on public computer

Team's defences were left vulnerable and I'm not talking about the batsmen.

By James Nunns

The England cricket team has more than just their form with bat and ball to worry about after it was revealed that their security plans were left unsecured on a public computer.

According to an ESPN Cricinfo report, the plans, which included details such as 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,” the report said.

“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 ecbCommissioners of Chennai Police. It was not password protected,” said the report.

The England & Wales Cricket Board, ECB, responded by saying that it would be taking up the matter with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI.

The England cricket team, which just slumped to another innings defeat by India, has been on tour in the country since the beginning of November, only managing one positive result with a draw at the start of the five test series.

While the team now has security concerns to add to its woes, the governing body of cricket in England and Wales has started undergoing a digital transformation project that it hopes will see it increase participation in the sport.

The project, which is being undertaken with Advanced, will help to implement a more data driven approach to understanding the game at all levels which will hopefully lead to projects that get more people involved.

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