Liquor policy to develop for World Cup 2007

Published: Sunday, October 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Antigua:The 2006 international cricket home series will be a microcosmic trial run for some of the security systems that will be applied for ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007.

ICC Cricket World Cups Security Directorate, including senior police operational commanders from each Host Venues Local Security Committee (LSC)&ICC Cricket World Cups Security Director John Collymore as chairman will test various security frameworks and policies which it intends to implement during 16-team spectacle following year.

"Next year is ICC Cricket World Cups testing year during which readiness of venues hosting matches will be under review. "We will be trying to raise level of awareness among patrons with respect to safety and security measures that will obtain during ICC Cricket World Cup and testing various security procedures," said Collymore of plans being put in place for India and Zimbabwe cricket teams tours to the region.

"The overriding factor will be trying to strike balance between expressions of culture for which Caribbean cricket is well known and producing a safe and secure environment for the tournament."

Areas to be tested are separation of pedestrian, vehicular traffic, prohibited, restricted items, standardised policing procedures across region, safe stadiums generally on Match Days, command&control within stadiums.

A liquor policy will be developed in collaboration with respective Local Organising Committees (LOCs) and restrictions on what items spectators may or may not carry into match venues will be further developed.

On overall security operations within each stadium, he said all aspects of safety and security management will be centralised to maximise effectiveness and efficiency.

He said given novelty of Caribbeans first-ever day-night One-Day International cricket fixture, whole Security Directorate will be present in St Lucia and this will be one of our training exercises.

He said it will be essential that all security and safety-related services undergo rigorous training to be equipped to handle any eventuality in ICC World Cup.

Failure to execute Events security component with expert precision, he cautioned, could prove detrimental.

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