Commandos to guard SL team in Pakistan
2019-12-01 at 18:15
Islamabad Capital Territory Police have been arranged to provide VVIP security cover to the Sri Lankan cricket team during their highly anticipated visit to Pakistan.
The decision was reportedly reached during a meeting held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of the Pakistani Inspector General Police.
Pakistan Media reported that the meeting reviewed security arrangements of the visiting team and decided to provide all necessary and foolproof security during the visit, whilst also deploying commandos for the team’s security.
Meanwhile the entry of non-essential personnel will also be prohibited in the residential area of Sri Lankan team.
Pakistan Police have also been directed to maintain close coordination with other law enforcement agencies in order to provide maximum security to the visiting Lankan team.
The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side will play Pakistan in two games in Rawalpindi and Karachi – the first instance of Test cricket in the country since 2009.
This series will mark the return of Test cricket to Pakistan after 10 years.
Sri Lanka were the last team to play Tests there, in 2009, when their tour was cut short by an attack on the team bus.
Their return to play red-ball cricket in the country thus holds significance.
The first match will be played in Rawalpindi, starting 11 December, and the second in Karachi from 19 December. The two Tests will be part of the ICC Men’s World Test Championship.