PCB to have permanent security wing: Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board today decided set up its own permanent security wing to deal with the terror situation following Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lankan team near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.cricket Updated: Mar 06, 2009 19:12 IST
Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday decided set up its own permanent security wing to deal with the terror situation following Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lankan team near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
The decision to appoint a security advisor/expert and have a permanent security wing in the Board was discussed at the Board's Governing Council meeting today in which Chairman Ejaz Butt briefed the members about the investigation being carried out by separate agencies to find out if the security plan for the visiting team had loopholes.
Butt told reporters that the meeting discussed in detail the situation facing Pakistan cricket in the wake of the terror attack and what measures needed to be taken to restore confidence of visiting teams and Boards.
"It was felt we need to have our own security advisor and set up a security wing to deal with security arrangements and matters with local authorities and other Boards and the ICC," Butt said.
He also added that the Governing Council wanted to have life insurance for its players after the Tuesday attack.
"Cricket is no longer safe from terrorism and we have to face the reality. We need to have protective measures in place to deal with every situation," Butt added.
The Board has in the past employed a manager who looked after security and administration but never a professional security expert to coordinate with local authorities.
Since the Board sacked its manager security and administration after Butt took over last October, former Test captain Wasim Bari who is director human resources was coordinating security arrangements for the Sri Lankan team with the Lahore police and agencies.