PCB team meets top cop on security, says no threat to team

Chennai, Dec 4: A team of officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today met Chennai City Police Commissioner S George and discussed the security measures ahead of the first ODI between India and Pakistan to be played at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here on December 30.

The PCB team, along with officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) met with Mr George at the Police Commissioner's office in the city. The discussions centred around the security measures that would be put in place for the Pakistani cricketers and the support staff at the hotel where they would be staying and at the stadium.

The City Police Commissioner explained to the PCB team that fool proof security measures would be made both at the hotel and the stadium and en route. Later, in a brief chat with reporters, Mr Nadeem Sarwar, PCB Media Management aid "we met them to discuss about the security aspects. They know their job well as they have handled several big events." He said the PCB did not forsee any trouble in the forthcoming match in Chennai. Asked about any security threat, Mr Nadeem said he was not aware of any threat so far. "Only the police will be knowing about such threats, if any", he added.

Those present at the meeting were BCCI Game Development General Manager Prof R S Shetty, BCCI ACSU member Ravi Sawani, Manager Cricket Operations Suru Nayak, Pakistan's Punjab Police Sohail Khan, Mr Nadeem Sarwar, Pakistan Security Director Ehsan Sadiq, PCB Cricket Operations Manager Usman Wahla and TNCA Secretary Kasi Viswanathan.

The visit of the PCB team was routine ahead of the Indo-Pak bilateral series to be held later this month. During their tour Pakistan will play two T-20s at Bangalore (Dec 25) and Ahmedabad (Dec 27) and three ODIs at Chennai (Dec 30), Kolkata (January three, 2013) and Delhi (Jan 6).


Published On : Dec 05, 2012