The Indian cricket team will be guarded by elite National Security Guard commandos in West Indies during the World Cup Cricket because security arrangements in the Caribbean Islands were considered not up to the mark.
The government took a decision in this regard after West Indian officials conveyed through diplomatic channels about their inability to provide elaborate security to the 15-member team, sources said. Some players of the team have been facing threats from Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba.
The NSG team would also comprise bomb detection and disposal experts and were scheduled to leave for West Indies soon. Two senior security experts from the Ministry of Home Affairs would be overseeing the arrangements there, sources said.
The team led by Rahul Dravid, along with coach Greg Chappell and BCCI officials, left for the West Indies on February 28.
Security officials who accompanied Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat during his visit to the West Indies during November 9-11, 2006, had also conveyed to the government about the lax security in Caribbean Islands, sources said.
This is for the first time that the NSG commandos would be sent for the security of Indian team anywhere outside the country.