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AUSvsPAK: Security Increased For MCG Test

By Rashmi Nanda -

After arresting seven peoples, who were suspected to be related to a terror plot in the city, the security has been increased at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the second Test between Australia and Pakistan, which will play on Monday.

Graham Ashton, the Chief police commissioner said that the extra police will be positioned at major events as they are confident the terror plan had been controlled.

Graham said on this, “We know there’s a lot of events on over the next several days’ right across our state, including the Boxing Day test, Christmas carols, and other events that are on. There is no intelligence to suggest there is any threat whatsoever in relation to any of those events. However, we’re just making sure we’re taking those extra precautions.”

James Sutherland, the chief executive of Cricket Australia, who said in a statement about proper security level, “Our security team is in contact with the relevant authorities to ensure we have the appropriate level of security at the Boxing Day test and other cricket matches being held around the country,”

In late 2015, a new perimeter fence was erected by MCG. It was around 20 to 25 meters (65 to 80 feet) away from the stadium where spectators queue passes from security section, prior to entering the ground.