LAHORE - High level of security will be in order during the entire Faysal Bank National Twenty20 Cricket Cup and its main venue Gadaffi Stadium has been declared ‘high alert security zone’.

DIG Operation Punjab Police Rai Tahir said this at a press conference held here on Friday at Gaddafi Stadium while Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) General Manager Security Col (retd) M Wasim was also present there.

Rai Tahir said the high level of security was being maintained to hold the cricket activity in a peaceful manner and to avoid any untoward incident. “We have finalized all the security arrangements and around 1,000 policemen will be on high alert to guard the roads leading to Gaddafi Stadium, the participating teams, and all the three venues of the event, Gaddafi Stadium, LCCA and Bagh-e-Jinnah grounds,” he said.

He said 3,000 policemen will be on standby to assist their on duty colleagues in case of any urgency. “Our level of security will be of international standard all the teams will be guarded same as the foreign teams. Our all efforts are aiming to send a positive message to the entire world that Pakistan is a afe country and capable of holding high level international and domestic sports events,” he added.

He said those having the tickets would be allowed to enter the stadium and the spectators would not be allowed to carry water bottles, food items, cameras, bags or any other electrical gadgets. “We have set up security check points on which each and every spectator will be thoroughly searched and scanned before entering the stadium where top security will be in order and security personnel’s will be present in every enclosure to check them thoroughly,” Rai Tahir said.  “We want to make this a showpiece event and Punjab government is taking every step regarding security and safety of the participating teams,” he believed.

“Punjab government is extending its all-out support and cooperation to the PCB to make this event a big success and we believe the successful organisation of the T20 Cup will not only send a soft image of Pakistan to the entire world but also help in bringing international cricket back to the country,” he concluded.