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Law gives series security high marks

Law gives series security high marks
05 Apr

West Indies head coach Stuart Law has praised security arrangements for the series against Pakistan, labelling them as “outstanding”, following the safe conclusion of the three-match tour.

No major Test-playing nation had toured Pakistan in nine years due to fears over the safety of players and officials, especially following on from the 2009 terrorists attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

“The security has been outstanding … we haven’t seen any issues, any incidences,” the Australian told reporters here.

“It’s a bit daunting if you are not used to the setup … it’s a bit daunting for the people outside but once you get here and see it for yourself, it’s different.”

He continued: “I’m not saying that it has opened the floodgates and everyone comes rushing back … still, people will have reservations.

“But from what I’ve seen here, it’s more than adequate – that’s for sure – to make sure that we can get cricket back in Pakistan.”

Security for the three Twenty20 Internationals at the National Stadium was considered presidential-style, involving over 8 000 of the security forces deployed at the airport, team hotels, the playing venue and surrounding roadways.

West Indies were transported in bullet-proof coasters and elaborate traffic plans saw road networks shut down at certain periods.

The matches, played before capacity crowds, saw West Indies suffer a 3-0 whitewash as they lost every match by significant margins.

But Law said even though the series result had been a disappointment, the greater significance of the series had not been lost on the touring party.

“I’m disappointed with our result … you guys will obviously be very happy with the result,” he said.

“But I think another result of [this series] is that there’s a lot of smiles on faces, there are a lot of people happy out there.

“I’m just glad for the people here in Karachi, particularly, but also Pakistan, to see their national team playing really well against another international cricket team.”

Law also lauded the spirit of the cricket-starved Pakistani fans who he said had given the Windies a warm reception.

“[It is the] first time I’ve been to Karachi; the fans here were [are] outstanding … every night, there was a tremendous atmosphere in the ground,” he pointed out.

“They are very respectful to us … everywhere we’ve been, [we were] treated very well.”

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