BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has confirmed that the Indian cricket board has also received an Email stating that the Indian team in under threat of an imminent attack in the Caribbeans. Team India is currently in Antigua, preparing for the upcoming two-match Test series against the West Indies. The Virat Kohli-led side has already won the T20I and the ODI series.
The email was first received by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday (August 16). The PCB immediately forwarded the said email to the International Cricket Council (ICC). The email, meanwhile, did not have the mention of any terror-based group or known identities. Soon, the BCCI also received a copy of the same mail.
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On Saturday, the BCCI apprised the Union Home Ministry about the situation and contacted the Indian embassy in Antigua. The Home Ministry then contacted the office of the Director General of Police (DGP) in Maharashtra headed by Subodh Jaiswal and Mumbai police. The BCCI has now confirmed the receipt of the email and added that it contained a threat to “kill Indian cricketers”.
“We have briefed the home ministry and shared the email. The embassy in Antigua has also been contacted and briefed. The Mumbai police has also been informed and the security of the Indian team in the West Indies has been beefed up,” Rahul Johri told TOI on Sunday.
The ICC, meanwhile, is yet to make a comment on the matter. PCB has also decided against giving a statement on the same. The reports also suggest that the letter was only a hoax. But then again, given the recent tension between India and Pakistan, it would be wise to take all possible measures.
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The two-match Test series will start on August 22. India will return home in September and host South Africa.