Team India under threat of an attack; Delhi police asked to tighten the security ahead of T20I against Bangladesh
BCCI's security agency forwarded the threat letter to NIA.
Updated - Oct 29, 2019 12:20 pm
Team India will take the field after almost a 10-day break on November 3 in the first T20 International against Bangladesh in Delhi. The visitors are scheduled to play three T20Is and a couple of Test matches against the home team on their tour to India. However, ahead of the series opener, the Delhi Police has been asked to tighten up the security after National Investigation Agency (NIA) received a threatening letter claiming a possible attack on the team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) security agency forwarded the letter to NIA which stated that the Men in Blue might under the threat of a deadly attack. The match is set to be played at the Arun Jaitley stadium (formerly Feroz Shah Kotla stadium) on Sunday and the Delhi Police will beef up the security now with both the teams expected to arrive in the national capital soon.
Team India captain Virat Kohli and politicians under threat
According to Time Now, the BCCI received an anonymous letter which stated that the ‘All India Lashkar’ based out of Kozhikode is likely to target the India skipper Virat Kohli and the politicians who will attend the game. Having said that, Kohli is not the part of the squad and is resting with Rohit Sharma leading the side.
This letter could also be a hoax like it was during India’s West Indies tour earlier this year. But no chance is being taken with security and the whole stadium will be reviewed before the match. During the team’s Caribbean tour after the World Cup, the BCCI had received a similar anonymous letter threatening Team India player. But later it turned out to be a hoax and the person who did it was also arrested.
As far as the tour is concerned, Bangladesh will leave for India on Wednesday. But all is not well in the country’s cricket and they might travel without their Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan. The BCB is also expected to announce the T20I squad once again with a couple of changes on Tuesday. The Test squad will be picked later in the week.