Oz team to have 'unprecedented' security cover ahead of Hyderabad Test

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 05:46 hrs

Sydney: The Hyderabad police is leaving no stones unturned in providing appropriate security cover to the visiting Australian team ahead of their second Test match against India on Saturday following the terrorist attack that shook the city.

The Australian cricket team will have following the terrorist attack that shook the city with 2000 police and five platoons of armed forces to stand guard in the second Test, News.com.au reports.

Australia's tour of India was plunged into doubt last week when at least 15 people were killed and 118 injured in twin bombings, just 8km from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, the paper reports.

Cricket Australia (CA) security expert Frank Dimasi arrived in Hyderabad ahead of the second Test and is understood to be satisfied with security arrangements after high-level talks with local authorities, the paper said.

But Hyderabad police are taking no risks after the lessons of Lahore in 2009, when Sri Lankan players were lucky to escape alive after their team bus was stormed by terrorists brandishing rocket launchers and AK-47 rifles, the paper added.

Fans attending the second Test, starting Saturday, have been banned from bringing mobile phones and cameras into the ground.

Hyderabad police commissioner D. Thirumal Rao said they are going to have unprecedented security system for the upcoming Test match, adding they will deploy an additional 250 men of the security wing, five platoons of armed forces and 1129 law-and-order police.

The commissioner added about 270 traffic police will also be deployed at the roads to control traffic.

City police have beefed-up security at the team hotel where the Australian and Indian cricket teams are staying, and such is the high-level of security, metal detectors have also been installed on each floor of the team hotel.

The commission added they have supervised and ensured foolproof security inside the hotel for the players, adding they have increased surveillance of the hotel premises, and in and around the stadium, a total of 60 CCTV cameras are being installed including at vehicle check points. 

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