Wednesday, February 3, 2010

South African officials review security arrangements in SMS stadium

JAIPUR: A team of officials from South Africa inspected the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Tuesday, which is scheduled to host the India South Africa ODI on February 21. The team expressed its happiness over the security arrangements but said that the crowds were a bit of a problem.
Faisul Naagel, head of the three member security agency NSA, which works for Cricket South Africa, told TOI that he was happy with the arrangements made for the match. "I had a meeting with the RCA officials and also the local police officers. I am happy to note that they were well prepared for the job. After 9/11 and 26/11 in Mumbai, people feel that such things won't happen again but we have to be well prepared. The local police might not have the sophisticated equipment but they can establish security cordons which filters down the threat," said Faisul, who was with the Proteas team during the Champions Trophy.
"There may be large crowds and they may create a few problems too. But the South African players are eager to play in India. Even the security team will learn how to handle such large crowds," said Faisul. He is accompanied by Stephan Botha and Cameroon Simpson.
Meanwhile, officials from IMG, which organises the event for the IPL, too inspected the stadium for the IPL-3 matches.

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