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Pak sports minister calls for fencing, alcohol ban in Oz

The recent pitch invasion in Perth has forced Pakistan Sports Minister Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani to ask Cricket Australia to beef up security at grounds and ban alcohol before it is too late.

cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2010 14:07 IST

The recent pitch invasion in Perth has forced Pakistan Sports Minister Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani to ask Cricket Australia to beef up security at grounds and ban alcohol before it is too late.

"The thing that really worried me, what if that person had a knife on him, he got there and could have done anything he wanted," Jakhrani was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

They should ban alcohol at grounds. There should be some kind of barrier or restriction to stop people entering the ground. This is the right time to think about these things. It is no good waiting for someone to die before making decisions," he said.

Jakhrani said he had asked the Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ejaz Butt to take up the issue with his Australian counterpart or else he will have to intervene in the matter.

"I have told the cricket board chairman that he should take it up with the Australian cricket board - this is not on. Let's wait and see what they say, otherwise I can definitely take it up with my counterpart in Australia," the minister said.