Ponting happy with security arrangements

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 18:44 PM IST

Chandigarh: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the security measures put in place for his team which is here to play a Test against India starting at Mohali on October 1.

"I am satisfied with what we have seen so far. The level of security since we landed in Delhi has been of the highest quality," Ponting told reporters here.

The team arrived here yesterday. It was escorted from the Chandigarh airport to their hotel under heavy security.

In the wake of the firing incident at a tourist bus in Delhi on Sunday and subsequent Australian advisory to its citizens, police here have beefed up security measures and
deployed nearly 200 cops to ensure foolproof security to the visiting team.

Tight security measures have been thrown around the hotel where the team is staying. The traffic was diverted near the team hotel.

"We have total trust on security advice we are given on every tour we go. Cricket Australia always has a look at the security scenario before we venture on any tour. We are also regularly briefed by Cricket Australia as far as security issues are concerned," Ponting said.

Elaborate security measures have been made at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, where the team today had some running practice.

Security measures have also been beefed up around the PCA stadium at Mohali where the first Test will be played.

Police sources said that they were not willing to take any chances with the team security and extra forces have been put on duty to ensure no untoward incident takes place.

Australia are to play a three day practice match against the Board President`s XI at Sector 16 cricket stadium here from September 25 followed by the Test at Mohali.

PTI