Hyderabad: Feb 28, 2013
Australian opener David Warner on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in Hyderabad and termed it “totally safe” ahead of the second Test starting March 2nd.
''I feel totally safe any time I come to India, with the security that we've got and the stuff that's in place,'' he said.
''I think they didn't really want anyone on the roads to and from the ground but that's virtually impossible with 10 million people living in Hyderabad. The stuff that's going on out of our control is what it is. It's what happens sometimes in these places and you've just got to deal with it.''
The city was under scrutiny for its security measures post the bomb blast that occurred on February 14 which killed more than 15 people and injured more than 100 at Dilsukh Nagar.
Roads from the hotel where the Australian and Indian teams are staying were cleared on Thursday for the visitors' bus to make the 30-minute journey to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. About 2000 security personnel - including five platoons of armed forces and more than 1400 police were deployed as protection measures.
Prior to the teams’ arrival in the city, Cricket Australia (CA) had done an assessment of the security measures in place ahead of the match.
''Obviously it's not ideal to come here in these situations and seeing people being injured and killed is disappointing and very sad but, in hindsight, I don't think they had another venue to play at. We're here to play cricket, that's our job and we've just got to get on with it,'' Warner was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
The city's Police Commissioner, D Thirumal Rao is leaving no stone unturned to ensure safety for the teams. ''We are going to have an unprecedented security system for the upcoming Test match,'' he said.
First Published: February 28, 2013, 7:27 pm