Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday said it will provide maximum security for the upcoming cricket world cup, the first major international sporting event in the country since the end of civil war, to be played here.
A defence ministry statement said that NK Ilangakoon, the senior deputy inspector general of police said that the police, army, airforce and the police special task force troopers would jointly provide maximum security.
Sri Lanka hosts some 12 games in the tournament held in the sub-continent for the first time since 1996. Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh co-host the 14 nation event between February 19 and April 2.
West Indies, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Australia, Kenya, Canada, New Zealand and Pakistan are to feature in the 12 matches in Sri Lanka.
The matches are to be played at Colombo`s Premadasa Stadium the new Pallekele stadium in, the central town of Kandy and the Mahinda Rajapksa stadium in Suriyawewa in the southern district of Hambantota.
A quarter final and a semi final are among the matches to be played here.
This will be the first major international sporting event in the island since the end to the separatist war with the LTTE rebels in May 2009.