England’s security advisor Reg Dickason has said that there are no security concerns for England’s Muslim players, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid for playing in India. The question of security was raised after the news of umpire Aleem Dar not standing behind the stumps for the India-England series due to potential nationalists protests.
It cannot be said that umpire Aleem Dar was withdrawn from the series as he was never named to stand in the India-England series by the ICC. But it can be considered that the decision was an instinctive one as Aleem Dar was withdrawn from the India-South Africa one-day series last year because of threats.
England’s Muslim players do not feel any danger due to the nationalist protests says, Dickason, although he indicates that protection levels will be less in India than in Bangladesh. Dickason has hailed the protection systems in Bangladesh during their tour of the country recently. However, Moeen Ali is no stranger to abuse as he was subjected by England-based India fans during India’s tour of England in 2014.
“We have no real concerns but we’re certainly aware of the issues Aleem Dar has.” “I know it was reported that he wasn’t going, that he’d been pulled out, but according to the ICC he’s just been rostered at another event. But Shiv Sena had some issues with Aleem there and went to the BCCI offices. So we’re certainly aware of that but we don’t expect any real issues.” Dickason said.
“I’ve spoken to him and Adil and they seem ok to me. They haven’t expressed any doubts to me.”
Dickason also said that the security levels were high enough to tackle any kinds of threats. In 2008 England refused to play the last two ODI’s against India due to Mumbai terrorist attacks but agreed to play the test series with very high-security levels.
“It’ll be similar to Bangladesh but a different layout,”
“It was very overt here and it won’t be as overt in India. The road clearances that we got here that are usually reserved for heads of state we probably won’t get in India. But we’ll get adequate transit protection. “The BCCI get a host-city security plan which is a generic issue from a master security plan which is put across the whole event. There will be some subtle differences but it won’t be too many.”
According to Dickason, it would be much easier to focus on the security system if the players stay in a group as there would be a sequence of journeys from the hotel to the training ground and again back to the hotel.