New Zealand to boost security for the ODI series

February 28th, 2009 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Feb 28 (IANS) New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will increase on-ground security in the forthcoming One-Day International matches against India following a bottle-throwing incident during the second Twenty20 International here.
Concerns were expressed by the Indian team and match referee Ranjan Madugalle as play had to be briefly halted Friday towards the end of New Zealand innings after a plastic bottle was thrown from the crowd close to an Indian fielder.

NZC Chief Executive Justin Vaughan said steps were already under way to provide increased security for the five-match ODI series, which begins at McLean Park, Napier Tuesday.

“This type of incident is unfortunate - especially in such an exciting and close game as we saw last night,” Vaughan said in an International Cricket Council (ICC) press release. “Fortunately it does not occur often.

“New Zealand Cricket is fully committed to providing a high level of security, and I have given my assurance to the Indian team that increased security will be in place for the upcoming series.”

Security measures will include an increase in the numbers of security staff, higher security visibility in potential problem areas, and closer monitoring and awareness of the crowd.

Security staff would be instructed to take extra precautions to shield boundary fielders, and to take prompt action against offenders. Additional measures will be considered.

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