Security has been beefed up for tomorrow's India versus Pakistan cricket
one-dayer here following Saturday's foiled terrorist attack at the airport here.
A senior Pakistan Cricket Board official today said that though the security
for the Pakistan team remained normal, it had been stepped up for the match. "I
think this is because Prince Charles is going to be present during the game,"
said Zakir Khan, Director Cricket Operations.
The match is being played as a charity fund raiser for the Prince Charles Trust
but the players are being paid appearance fees.
Zakir said after the terrorist attack at the airport obviously the organisers
were taking no chances for the match as a big crowd was expected to turnout
to support their teams.
There is a large community of Asians from the sub-continent
in Britain and matches involving Pakistan and India always attract sell-out
Zakir said the players had, however, been advised to follow strict security
regimens but there would be a heightened security presence at the match.
"If weather permits we should have an exciting match on Tuesday and everybody
is looking forward to it," he added.
Indian Board Secretary Niranjan Shah, however, said he had
conveyed the team's concerns over the matter to England and Wales Cricket
board CEO David Collier.