Tour to go on as Security Beefed up for Team India in Australia aftermath the Sydney Hostage Crisis
Security enforcement around the Indian cricketers has been increased in Brisbane as an effect of the hostage crisis in Sydney. It is learnt that the BCCI is keeping a close watch on the unfolding events there.
“We are constantly in touch with Cricket Australia top bosses. We are monitoring the situation closely and security of our players is paramount. The players are in Brisbane and everything is normal there. However, the security of the Indian team has been beefed up considerably. We have been informed by Cricket Australia that additional police forces have been deployed with the Indian team. We are happy with what CA has arranged,”BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI.
Asked if the incident could have an impact on the fourth Test of the series scheduled in Sydney from January 6, Patel said it was too early to comment on that.
“We haven’t reached that stage as next Test is in Brisbane. It’s too early to comment on the fate of the Sydney Test. We are confident CA will take appropriate measures to ensure safety and security. At this point I can’t say anything about Sydney Test. For us the tour is still on,” said Patel.
Earlier today, an armed man today took undisclosed number of people hostage at a famous cafe in Sydney and he was said to be holding an Islamic flag with some Arabic script in it. It led to a security alert in Australia. Authorities rushed in, sealed off surrounding streets, evacuated people from buildings, and suspended rail services following the incident at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, in the heart of the Sydney’s business district. In the CCTV footage, people inside the cafe are seen with their hands pressed against the window holding the black flag known as Shahadah, a prayer spoken in mosques daily
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