BCCI Beefs Up Security For Indian Team

In light of the upcoming IPL, the BCCI has boosted security for the Indian team to prevent any violence or harassment.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to take a strong stance against any violence or harassment towards its players. Following the recent incident with Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay, where they were allegedly abused by spectators during a Ranji Trophy game in Indore, the BCCI have decided to beef up security for all of their players across all formats.

A senior official from the BCCI told PTI that it was a “collective decision” which came about after a meeting on Sunday night where various options were discussed. The board has also planned on increasing security around the boundary ropes at stadiums to prevent people from entering onto the field.

“We have spoken to all our curators and asked them to see that outer periphery of the ground is free of such spectators,” said Sanjay Patel, secretary of BCCI.

“We have also asked our member associations not to allow such elements inside their grounds.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has beefed up security for the Indian team, after a spate of run-ins between players and officials.

The board is also keen to prevent violence and harassment by fans. The BCCI says it will not tolerate any more incidents, after several controversies marred the recent South Africa tour, including an attack on the Indian team bus in Johannesburg.

“We have told the state associations that they must ensure that that kind of thing does not happen,” said BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah. “They will be held responsible for such events if they do recur.”

The BCCI is also keen to end infighting among players and officials, including arguments over playing roles.

“We have now instructed captains to take charge,” said Shah. “The board wants them to concentrate on their game and not worry about what other players are doing.”

With the final match around the corner, there have been many concerns about security for the Indian team.

In 2011, a fan threw a water bottle at the players. There have also been cases of fans verbally abusing players, including Sachin Tendulkar, who was once harassed over his team’s poor performance in front of his home crowd.

To prevent this, the BCCI has beefed up security by 200%. They are also going to deploy policemen and plainclothes officers in and around the stadium. They feel that this will be enough to ensure safety for the players and staff.

“We’re really really really really really really really happy to announce this. It is an honor and a privilege to have the Indian team playing in our stadium,” said Jay Shah, secretary of the BCCI.”We’ve beefed up security this time around due to concerns of the Indian cricket team being attacked by angry Australian crowds. We know that the Aussies are very angry at India’s latest move, but we have to be prepared for all possible scenarios.”

“We’ve got guys all over the stands, we’ve got guys on the field, we’re going to have snipers all over the place. If we see anyone trying to cause any harm to our players, they’ll be taken out immediately.”

The Australian team has also released a statement saying that they will do their best to defeat India in front of their home crowd. “We want nothing more than to beat India in front of their home crowd,” said Australian captain Steve Smith. “If there’s one thing I can guarantee you, it’s that we’ll do everything in our power to come out with a win.”

In the wake of the recent attack on the Sri Lankan team during a T-20 match in Lahore, Pakistan, the BCCI is taking no chances with security for the Indian team. The board has beefed up security for the upcoming match against Australia.

Cricket Board chief Sharad Pawar met Home Minister P Chidambaram today and discussed the security arrangements for next month’s cricket tour of Australia.

The Australian team’s tour to India is scheduled from February to April and will include three Tests, seven ODIs and one Twenty20 international.

“We had discussions on the upcoming cricket tour of Australia and also reviewed security arrangements being made by the state governments,” Pawar said after meeting Chidambaram.

The Indian team is expected to leave for Australia on February 11. The first Test is scheduled to be held at Melbourne from December 26, followed by Sydney (January 2) and Perth (January 16).

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