India’s se­cu­rity pol­icy not bro­ken, says chief

Aus­tralia’s safety a top pri­or­ity after stone-throw­ing in­ci­dent in Guwa­hati

Sport360 - - News Cricket Rugby - By Sud­hir Gupta @Sport360 edi­to­

India’s sports min­is­ter has sought to re­as­sure Aus­tralian crick­eters about their safety after a rock shat­tered a win­dow on the bus tak­ing them to their ho­tel fol­low­ing a se­ries-lev­el­ling win in the sec­ond Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional.

The in­ci­dent in the north­east­ern In­dian city of Guwa­hati was the sec­ond in two months, after Cricket Aus­tralia said in Septem­ber that the team’s bus win­dow was bro­ken by a “small rock or stone” in Bangladesh after a Test match.

“Pretty scary hav­ing a rock thrown through the team bus win­dow on the way back to the ho­tel!!,” bats­man Aaron Finch tweeted after the eight-wicket win against India.

The photo he posted on Twit­ter showed a shat­tered win­dow pane with a large hole.

In­dian Sports Min­is­ter Ra­jyavard­han

Rathore said there were tight se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in place for the Aus­tralian team as well as for the play­ers tak­ing part in the Un­der-17 FIFA World Cup.

“Per­sonal se­cu­rity of vis­it­ing ath­letes & teams is ex­tremely im­por­tant for us,” he tweeted.

“Guwa­hati stone-throw­ing in­ci­dent NOT re­flec­tive of our se­cu­rity

mea­sures. Aus team & FIFA are con­tent w/those. India re­mains a grace­ful host.”

Two peo­ple have been ar­rested as po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­ci­dent con­tinue, the Press Trust of India re­ported.

Cricket Aus­tralia’s news site said no one was hurt when the win­dow was bro­ken by a rock roughly the size of a cricket ball, but the Aus­tralian play­ers were “un­der­stand­ably shaken up”. A CA spokesman told new agency

AFP they were “sat­is­fied with the lev­els of se­cu­rity pro­vided”.

Top In­dian spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win said guests should be treated with re­spect.

“The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let’s all act more re­spon­si­bly. A vast ma­jor­ity of us are ca­pa­ble of that,” he wrote on Twit­ter.

The fi­nal T20 game will be played in Hy­der­abad to­mor­row.

Rocked: Aaron Finch and his team-mates were caught by sur­prise after a stone shat­tered their bus win­dow.

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