- The PCB got a terror attack email and it immediately forwarded the email, which has no mention of any terror-based group or known identities, to the ICC.
- In the process, the BCCI also received a copy of the said email within the next 24 hours.
- As an action, BCCI apprised the Union Home Ministry about the situation and contacted the Indian embassy in Antigua.
The Indian cricket team has flown to West Indies for 2 tests matches till 3 September 2019. But ahead of the first test match, team India received threat about a terror attack. Actually, Pakistan Cricket Board’s official account has received an anonymous email stating team India is under threat of possible attack.
The PCB then forwarded the said email to BCCI but it has no mention of any terror-based group to the International Cricket Council (ICC). In due process, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) also received a copy of the said email within the next 24 hours.
On Saturday, the BCCI also informed the Union Home Ministry about the situation and contacted the Indian embassy in Antigua – where the Indian team is currently stationed to play a Test match, who then contacted the office of the Director-General of Police (DGP) in Maharashtra headed by Subodh Jaiswal and Mumbai police.
The BCCI, on Sunday, confirmed the receipt of the email to Times of India news paper 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,” BCCI CEO Rahul Johri told them on Sunday evening.
While there was no response from the ICC on the matter, Times also spoke with a senior official in the Pakistan Cricket Board who said “PCB does not comment on safety and security issues”.
Those who have read the letter told that “on the face of it, the email sounds ‘bogus’. It mentions some random name. And it was proved that it was a hoax and the team is under no threat.”