DateLine: 8th March 2009
The Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lankan players has set the alarm bells ringing for the organisers of the Twenty20 World Cup in England as well and they will take a fresh look at the security arrangements for the event. Twenty20 World Cup Organising Director Steve Elworthy says the Lahore attack, that left six Lankan cricketers injured, has caused a lot of concern for the event that is scheduled this June.
Elworthy said a two-level security system to protect match venues and players will be put in place. Participating teams' outdoor activities may also be curtailed during the event as part of the security plan. Elworthy said the Twenty20 World Cup organisers were awaiting top security expert Reg Dickason's return from West Indies. Dickason is a security advisor for the England and Wales Cricket Board. Asked whether any individual Cricket Board has expressed any security fears about the event, Elworthy said, "Not as yet but the issue may come up for discussion during the ICC meeting in Dubai."
Elworthy said the security arrangements for the World Cup in England would be different from the ones put in place during the inaugural edition in South Africa last year.