PCB sweats over security cover to visiting Afghan team

Published: Friday, May 27, 2011, 12:30 [IST]
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PCB sweats over security for Afghan team

Islamabad, May 27: Desperate to show that Pakistan is safe for international teams, the country's Cricket Board has asked the government to provide hightened security for the visiting Afghanistan side.

After a television channel showed the Afghanistan team travelling in a bus in Rawalpindi with only a police mobile escorting it with three officers on board, the PCB has requested that security be increased for the visiting team.

In March 2009, militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore and killed six Pakistani policemen and a van driver besides wounding five Lankan players.

The attack led to Pakistan becoming an isolated cricket nation as far as teams coming to play in the country are concerned.

The Afghanistan team is the first foreign team to visit Pakistan since the 2009 incident which was blamed on inadequate security arrangements by the police and administration.

But a board official said it was in constant touch with the law enforcement agencies and government over the security being provided to the Afghan players.

"We are constantly in touch with the government over the security arrangements. We are coordinating with them but the responsibility of providing the security is with the police and other security agencies," he said.


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