#INDvSL: 23 dogs used to guard India v Sri Lanka T20 in Maharashtra, Pune

There were 23 dogs present at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune to guard the match between India and Sri Lanka in Pune on Tuesday.

Kishor Nawal, whose Mumbai-based firm Third Eye Dog Security, said: “There was not a single untoward incident. The arrangement was so powerful that no spectator could enter the playing area of the ground,

“Our dogs were at toe and ready to attack on the spectator, who could have tried to rush on the ground during the process of the match. The dogs are trained in such a way that they attack but don’t bite”.

“There is always a fear among the spectators,” he admitted. “During one of the IPL matches a few spectators tried to enter the ground when Preity Zinta was distributing the T-shirts and we had to protect her.

The Day/Night Twenty20  at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium was the second international hosted by the venue. The first was won by India against England in 2012.

“Pune is the world’s only cricket-venue where dog security service is hired,” Nawal, who is employed by the Maharashtra Police claimed. “In Germany, the dog security service is hired for football matches. We have hired the trainers to look after the dogs and they are trained in Thane and Pune for three to twelve months.

“Who knows one day our dogs will be “watching” the international match at the Wankhede Stadium.”

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

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