Tight security employed for Oz team

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 13:00 [IST]
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Oz team provided with tight security

The Australian cricketers have reportedly been provided with tight security with more that 100 security guards in military-style uniforms, who will be guarding them round the clock.

The hotel where the players have checked in is filled with security guards and patrols were being conducted throughout the grounds.

Ricky Ponting's team didn't have to leave New Delhi airport at all because they were already booked on a connecting flight to Chandigarh.

According to the Daily Telegraph report, the Police have barred non-guests from entering the hotel and blocked off the surrounding areas.

All vehicles approaching the area must go through two security checks and all guests' bags, including the Australian players' kit bags, were screened thoroughly.

The hotel is under constant electronic surveillance; all room doors are equipped with electronic locks accessible only by the occupant and selected hotel staff.

"We've had our pre-tour security visits and once again we've listened to the people we need to about our safety and security," Ponting said.

"The cricketers' association and Cricket Australia have kept us in the loop almost on a daily basis. We're very happy with the level of security we'll be afforded in India. That will all be forgotten about once game day comes around," he added.

Australia's first match is a three-day practice game against the Board President XI from Saturday.


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