CA apologies for Perth security breach incident

Updated: 02 February 2010 13:56 IST

Cricket Australia (CA) have sent an unconditional apology to its Pakistani counterparts over the security breach incident at WACA ground in Perth.

CA apologies for Perth security breach incident

Karachi:

Cricket Australia (CA) have sent an unconditional apology to its Pakistani counterparts over the security breach incident at WACA ground in Perth and said they would ensure it doesn't happen again in the future.

A senior official in the board has said that they have received a letter of apology from CA.

"Cricket Australia has deeply regretted the incident and said they were taking steps to ensure it does not happen again with any team," Wasim Bari, the chief operating officer of the board said.

"They have told us they have dealt with the offender in the strongest possible manner under the law and he had been fined heavily and banned," he added.

Khalid Latif was tackled to the ground by an unidentified spectator who ran through the security cordon during the fifth and final one-day international with a fullhouse watching.

Security personal moved quickly to arrest the offender and lead him away from the ground as Latif got up smiling but obviously shaken.

Bari said the PCB would still be pursuing the issue with the International Cricket Council as it was an issue that dealt with safety and security of players from any team.

"We will bring this up at the executive board meeting of the ICC this month as we feel home boards need to have a uniform security plan to stop such incidents from happening.

"The ICC has already asked the Australian authorities to send a report on the incident which Australian captain, Ricky Pointing has also criticized and said he would have thought about leading his team off the field if something like that had happened to any of his players.

Pakistani sports minister, Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani said the PCB had assured him they were handling the issue closely and had not let it pass.

"I think their should be some barriers and fencing at cricket grounds to keep spectators out of the ground itself," he said.

He said because of the terror attacks and security concerns globally it was important that the cricket world acted on the breach of security in Perth.

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