New Delhi: The threat of terrorist attacks looms large on the two forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be held at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium. Taking a serious note of the issue, Madhya Pradesh government has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs. The security arrangements at Holkar Cricket stadium are being closely monitored by the Central and state security agencies.

According to high-places sources in the Home Ministry, special security arrangements have been made for all the IPL matches. An extra vigil is being maintained for the two matches to be played at Indore. MP government claiming a possible terrorist attack had raised questions over the security arrangement for the IPL matches to be played in the state. Therefore, a meeting was convened among IPL authorities, Central security agencies and state government to review the security aspect.

 Officials maintained that full proof security arrangements have been made for the matches. The officials claimed that though the Central Intelligence Agencies had not received any information in the regard, the security has been beefed up after the state government expressed their concern over the issue.

On several occasions in the past, Centre and state governments have been involved in a blame game on the issue of threats for a terrorist attack.

Generally, such information comes from Home Ministry, but it appears that MP government has shifted the entire responsibility on Union Government by announcing the possibilities of a terrorist attack.   

IPL team Kochi Tuskers will feature in both the matches to be played on this venue. Kochi Tuskers is being led by former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene in both matches.

Kochi Tuskers team has three players from Sri Lanka including Thisara Perera, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan. In wake of the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players at Pakistan, a special security cover is being provided to them.

(JPN/Bureau)