RCB Cancels Practice Session Ahead of IPL Eliminator Due to Security Threats

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RCB Cancels Practice Session Ahead of IPL Eliminator Due to Security Threats

The Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) were forced to cancel their only practice session before the crucial IPL 2024 Eliminator match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Ahmedabad. This decision came in response to significant security concerns, particularly involving their star player Virat Kohli.

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The practice session was initially scheduled to take place at the Gujarat College ground because the Narendra Modi Stadium, the primary venue, was occupied with the IPL Qualifier 1. However, the plan changed abruptly after the arrest of four individuals at Ahmedabad airport on suspicions of terrorist activities, which included potential threats to Kohli. The suspects were found in possession of arms, along with incriminating videos and text messages that raised alarms among the security forces.

As reported by Anandabazar Patrika, citing sources from Gujarat Police, these developments led to heightened security protocols for the RCB team. Unlike RCB, the Rajasthan Royals proceeded with their practice session at the same venue. Nevertheless, the gravity of the situation also led to the cancellation of the customary pre-match press conference for both teams.

Security measures were significantly increased around the accommodations of the RCB players, with exclusive entry points designated for the team and restrictions placed on IPL-accredited media personnel. Similarly, the Rajasthan Royals experienced heightened security during their transit to and from the practice ground.

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The absence of a practice session underscores the serious nature of the threat and the prioritization of player safety over routine pre-match preparations. This incident has cast a shadow over the upcoming eliminator, as fans and officials alike grapple with the implications of such security threats in the realm of sports.

In a major success for security forces, Gujarat Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) apprehended four individuals identified as ‘Islamic State terrorists’ at the Ahmedabad airport. The suspects, Mohamed Nusrath, Mohamed Nafran, Mohamed Faris, and Mohamed Rasdeen, are all Sri Lankan nationals. They were arrested on Sunday, May 19, having traveled to Ahmedabad via Chennai from Colombo.

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The arrests highlight the ongoing vigilance and effectiveness of Indian security forces in combating terrorism. The successful operation has undoubtedly prevented potential threats, ensuring the safety of high-profile individuals and the public. However, the incident also serves as a stark reminder of the persistent security challenges faced by major events, including international sporting fixtures.

As RCB and RR prepare for their critical eliminator match, the focus will not only be on the game but also on the comprehensive security measures in place to protect the players and officials. The IPL continues to be a premier sporting event in India, and ensuring the safety of all participants remains a top priority amidst these challenges.

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