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Security assistance provided at the request of the Caribbean Community

  • Some Indian cricket team members face threats from some Islamic terror organisations
  • A senior security liaison officer will also be attached to the team

    NEW DELHI: India would send two bomb disposal squads of the elite anti-terrorist force, the National Security Guard (NSG), to assist in security arrangements during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 being held in the Caribbean countries during March-April, the External Affairs Ministry said here on Friday.

    Besides taking care of the security of the Indian cricket team for the first time, the two NSG teams, comprising 16 members, would assist the organisers. As in the past, a senior security liaison officer would also be attached to the Indian cricket team, the MEA said. The security assistance is being provided at the request of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

    Proximate security cover

    As some Indian cricket team members face threats from some Islamic terror organisations, the NSG team would provide proximate security cover and keep a hawk's eye on the team's movements during the 48-day tour.

    The NSG squad is likely to leave for the Caribbean on Monday. This is the first time that crack commandos of the NSG would be undertaking an exercise outside the country for such an event.

    The team led by Rahul Dravid, along with Coach Greg Chappel and BCCI officials, left for West Indies on Wednesday. Sixteen teams will participate in the tournament.

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