Team India NSG cover not at behest of BCCI

Published: Friday, March 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The BCCI today made it clear that it had not sought the National Security Guard (NSG) cover for the Indian team during the World Cup in the West Indies.

''It is the government's decision as we had not made any specific request,'' Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajiv Shukla said here.

Shukla told mediapersons here that BCCI has yet to receive any communication from the government regarding its decision to provide NSG over to the team in the West Indies.

''Till now we have not received any information from the government. There must be some reason which could have prompted the government to ensure that the team is protected well,'' he added.

''Security matters are decided by the government taking into account the scenario there (West Indies). The BCCI had not made any specific request,'' Shukla said.

Bomb detection and disposal experts will also accompany the NSG team, besides two senior security experts from the Ministry of Home Affairs overseeing the arrangements there.

This is for the first time that the NSG protection would be given for the security of Indian team anywhere outside the country.


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