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Sri Lanka providing VVIP security to Pak team

Pakistan's cricket team is receiving security on its tour of Sri Lanka that is equivalent to a head of state, with more than 100 personnel having been assigned to protect the visitors.

world Updated: Jun 29, 2009 23:55 IST

Pakistan's cricket team is receiving security on its tour of Sri Lanka that is equivalent to a head of state, with more than 100 personnel having been assigned to protect the visitors.

Sri Lanka Cricket official Charith Senanayake said stringent measures have been put in place, particularly focusing on security along the routes from hotels to match venues.

The Pakistan team arrived Sunday to play three tests, five one-day internationals and a twenty20 match from July 4.

"Pakistan team has been provided with VVIP security from the time they arrived in the country," Senanayake said Monday.

"A strong security detail will accompany the team on and off the field."

Sri Lanka's team was attacked on its way to play a test against Pakistan on March 3 in Lahore by more than a dozen
heavily armed gunmen in an ambush. Six police officers and a driver were killed and seven members on Sri Lanka's bus were wounded.

"In terms of the risk involved, we've got various reports," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said of the Pakistan tour. "I don't think it's appropriate for us to go into detail with regard to the security arrangements or the risks involved.