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Security beefed up in Brisbane

Security beefed up in Brisbane
“We are constantly in touch with the Cricket Australia top bosses and are monitoring the situation. The security of our players is paramount,” BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI.

“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,” he added.

An armed man took undisclosed number of people hostage at a popular cafe in Sydney. Authorities 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.

The second Test is set to begin on Wednesday in Brisbane. When 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 probability. “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,” Patel said.

This is not the first time that security has been beefed up for the Indian team on an overseas tour. During the 2011 tour of England, on the eve of the third Test in Edgbaston, security was beefed up for the Indian team due to riots in the city. The third Test was not cancelled and England won the match by an innings and 242 runs.
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