Since the announcement of the third T-20 being played at Lahore between Pakistan & Sri Lanka: there has been a lot of speculation about the game. Therefore, the Pakistani government has provided the maximum possible protection for the tourists. Expert security groups like Social Security group (SSG) & Social security wing (SSW) has been put in charge.
Air Commodore Roshan Biyanwala, a senior officer of Sri Lankan military, said, “We attended a meeting where the Inspector General of Police of the Province was in attendance. There were some top security experts and every person was briefed about his role. It’s a massive operation”. Biyanwala and Deputy Inspector General of Police Nalaka de Silva, an anti-terrorism expert, were flown to Lahore to study the security detail in plan for the team’s visit to Pakistan nine years after armed gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus. They were extremely happy with the arrangements.
The full proof security system includes heavily armed gunmen protecting the Pearl Continental Hotel, where the team will be staying. All vehicles & belongings will be thoroughly checked. Even residents of the hotel when entering the premises have to go through two metal detectors followed by a body check. At the Gaddafi Stadium, the venue for the game on Sunday, security forces’ presence was massive and more than 20,000 security personnel are said to be deployed. The Pakistani board are making sure there isn’t even a single threat to international cricket returning to their country.
Biyanwala added, “They have got a comprehensive monitoring system. From airport to the hotel and from hotel to ground and then back to airport, all movements are monitored by a sophisticated CCTV system. The Pakistan forces don’t want to even give the Sri Lankan players a hint that their lives are in danger. We had a few concerns and they have been all cleared and throughout the Pakistani security chiefs have been very cooperative,”
Biyawala concluded, “The Pakistani forces have shown great commitment. They have been superb and very professional. The emergency evacuation plan is top notch. For obvious reasons we can’t disclose everything but we are extremely happy with what is in place”.
The match will take place today (October 29).