Oval on high alert for India-Pakistan match | cricket | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Nov 25, 2017-Saturday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Oval on high alert for India-Pakistan match

Security around the Oval cricket ground has been stepped up in view of the India-Pakistan Twenty20 warm-up match with extra nightwatchmen and sniffer dogs pressed into services at the venue.

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2009 13:54 IST

Security around the Oval cricket ground has been stepped up in view of the India-Pakistan Twenty20 warm-up match with extra nightwatchmen and sniffer dogs pressed into services at the venue.

It will be the first Indian-Pakistan cricket encounter since the November Mumbai attacks, and officials are taking no chances to ensure that the match passes off peacefully.

Tournament director Steve Elworthy said, "The sporting landscape has changed hugely since the tragedies in Mumbai and Lahore. We need to be confident we're on top of the situation, which we are."

Security has also been stepped up in venues where the Sri Lanka team is scheduled to play, given the recent events in the island nation and demonstrations in London against the Sri Lanka government’s offensive against the Tamil Tigers.

A dedicated Police Intelligence Cell headed by the former chief constable Sir John Evans, has been set with the mandate to supervise security arrangements for the whole Twenty20 World Cup tournament.