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England increase security against Pakistan

England increase security against Pakistan
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England's cricketers will receive extra protection when they play Pakistan in January.

England will increase security around their cricketers when they play Pakistan in January, according to The Sun.

The players will be protected by an increased security presence as part of a move to shield them from potential match-fixers.

Andy Flower's team head to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for three Tests, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in January.

The safety of the players has been reassessed after Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed for their part in the spot-fixing scandal.

The scandal marred Pakistan's tour of England in 2010.

The International Cricket Council has vowed to clamp down on match-fixers, although Andrew Strauss and Sir Ian Botham have been critical of the ICC's efforts.

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Monday's key events

· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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