London, June 18: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has hired bodyguards to protect Indian cricketers during the Champions Trophy 2013 here, a report said on Tuesday.
India, who have made it to the semi-finals of the tournament, will face Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Thursday (June 20). All players' moves have been closely monitored and three foreign bodyguards have been with the players, "NDTV" website reported.
"The BCCI has hired South African Tinus and Australian Craig Weatherly. The ICC has provided Englishman Kyle Gould," the report said.
The report adds that these men are "omnipresent". "The BCCI has hired bodyguards to make sure the players are undisturbed. These hunks look like the bad men in Western movies. Big, bald-headed and with a mean demeanor, they are intensely guarding the jewels of Indian cricket! They have been omnipresent - pitch-side, at nets, during team exercises, at press conferences and even at dinner tables and shopping malls."
The players have been asked to strictly follow certain guidelines during the tournament. According to BCCI rules, players are not allowed to go out of their hotel rooms after 10.30 PM. Also no guests are allowed into the hotel rooms while on match days, players' cannot use mobile phones.
Bodyguards or not, India's players are doing all the right things on the field. They are the only team to be unbeaten so far in the final edition of Champions Trophy.