3m pounds on security


Sniffer dogs will used in and around Lord’s, the Oval and Trent Bridge, the three venues of the event starting on Friday, to detect explosives, and every fan will be thoroughly searched on entering the ground, a News of the World report said.

Organisers have roped in 1,000 volunteers to work during the tournament but each one has been vetted carefully.

“Security has proved a problem after the tragedies of Mumbai and Lahore. The security experts on our panel have put together a comprehensive security plan and it is revisited on a daily basis,” Tournament director Steve Elworthy was quoted as saying by the report.

“The terrorists have become more active and this focuses the mind but we are very confident we have the right plan.” Elworthy’s panel is chaired by John Evans, former chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. The organisers have also consulted ECB security chief Reg Dickason, the Home Office and Met Police.

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