Rock Hurled at Aussie Team Bus After T20 Match in Guwahati
The incident occurred after Australia recorded an eight-wicket victory in the second T20 match against India.
“The Guwahati stone-throwing incident is not reflective of our security measures,” said Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Wednesday, after the Australian cricket team’s bus was attacked on the evening of 10 October. The Assam Cricket Association secretary Pradip Buragohain said that the incident occurred when the team was heading back to the hotel after beating India by eight wickets in the second T20 International.
The rock shattered the window pane of the bus. The incident occurred when the team was on their way back to the hotel, tweeted Australian batsman Aaron Finch.
"We made every attempt to ensure a foolproof security but don't know how this happened. It was near the team hotel and not at the crowded street near the stadium," Buragohain told PTI on Wednesday.
"The police have already arrested two persons and are investigating into the matter. I can assure that such an incident won't occur in future again. There will be a thick security cover when the Australian team leaves for Hyderabad," he added.
No player got injured as the nearest seat to the window pane was unoccupied.
Shortly after the incident on Tuesday night, Assam MLA and Badminton Association of India President Himanta Biswa Sharma tweeted an apology. “People of Assam never endorse such behaviour. We will punish the guilty,” he said.
Security of Visiting Athletes Extremely Important: Rajyavardhan Rathore
“India remains a graceful host,” said recently appointed sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, adding that the Australian team and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup contingents were content with the security that had been provided to them.
Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us.Rajyavardhan Rathore
“Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us,” added Rathore.
Australia also witnessed a similar incident during their tour of Bangladesh last month.
Tuesday’s T20 was the first international match to be played at Guwahati’s new Barsapara stadium.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI.)
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