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Tight security plan for World Cup: IGP

 

The first match will be played tomorrow between Sri Lanka and Canada at the Sooriyawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium.

 Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya said the assistance of the three armed forces would be sought to implement a combined security plan during the ICC World Cup cricket matches scheduled to be played in the country starting from tomorrow.

The first match will be played tomorrow between Sri Lanka and Canada at the Sooriyawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium.
 
The police, the Army, Navy, Air Force, STF, PSD and MSD will provide security to the players, local and foreign spectators, VVIP’s and cricket officials. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Interpol will also assist the security measures that are set to be implemented, the IGP said.
 
“We want to have an incident free tournament. Steps have been taken to prevent any unnecessary incident. Medical assistance will be provided by the Health Ministry together with other healthcare agencies”, he added.
 
“The security for the cricketers will be provided by the police with the STF from the arrival to the country, during matches, while at hotels and other gatherings, till they leave the country”, IGP Balasuriya said.
 
Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ajith Jayasekara said all tickets for the first  match had already been sold out.
 
“It is the third biggest sporting event in the world and all the attention has been coming to the region. Over the past one and a half years the three stadiums were built and equipped with all the modern facilities. Five out of six matches played by Sri Lanka will be played at home”, he added.
 
“Twelve matches including a quarter final match and a semi final match will be played in the country”, he said.
 
Tickets will be sold a week before the match and only Rs.50 tickets are available for the general public now.
 
For the Sri Lanka-Pakistan match scheduled to be played on February 26, around 9500 Rs.50 tickets will be sold today at the B.D Sirisena ground in Maligawatte, SLC Security Chief Major General Lawrence Fernando said.
 
(DM)
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