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ICC gives security assurance to India

In the wake of Woolmer's death, ICC assures Indian squad of utmost security during the World Cup.

cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2007 11:28 IST

Sensing Bob Woolmer's mysterious death may lead to safety concerns, the International Cricket Council has written a letter to the Indian squad, assuring them of utmost security for the rest of their stay in the Caribbean during the World Cup.

The Indian squad received a letter from the ICC on Wednesday evening, assuring them of maximum security, and urging them not to panic following curious circumstances surrounding Woolmer's death.

Indian team has been in a state of alert after Woolmer's death and efforts are being made to spruce up the security network.

Indian government has announced that it is sparing Rs 2 crore-odd for the safety of Indian team in the Caribbean.

A deputy commissioner, security, Madhup Kumar Tewari is travelling with the team and has already held a meeting with the Indian squad, advising them to be careful about their movements.

Players have been advised not to go unescorted or without taking the security network in confidence. They have also been asked to be careful in dealing with strangers. Security has also been enhanced in the Indian restaurant where cricketers prefer to have their lunch and dinner.

Tewari has also urged the hotel authorities to clear the lobby of unwanted guests or fans hanging out in anticipation of catching up with Indian cricketers.

However, the internal curfew, which the team usually exercises on international tours, has not been enforced in the present World Cup.

The team was given a list of Do's and Don'ts by Board officials before departure for Caribbean last month which also included the cut-off time, or curfew, they must adhere to in terms of their evenings out.

However, it is learnt that the team management has decided it would not be prudent to impose a curfew on cricketers in the present tour.

Most teams have an internal code of conduct and England recently went hard at their star player Andrew Flintoff for his drinking binge, pulling him out of a game and even stripping him of his vice-captaincy.