The NIA has subsequently forwarded the letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Delhi police have been asked to beef up security of the Indian cricket team who are scheduled to face Bangladesh in a T20 international at the Arun Jaitley Stadium Delhi on November 3.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) received an anonymous letter that claimed the Indian cricket team, particularly Virat Kohli, were on a threat list, reports The Hindustan Times.
In a letter to the NIA on Tuesday, a little known terrorist organization – All India Lashkar-e-Taiba – has listed down 12 prominent Indian personalities including India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a terror hit-list, claim various TV reports.
While the NIA and Indian security agencies have received such hit lists in the past, this is the first time a cricketer has been named in the list. The Network18 reports added the All India Lashkar-e-Taiba, operating from Pakistan, is, in fact, the existing terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, but with a new name.
The NIA has subsequently forwarded the letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The sources also confirmed to the IANS news agency the letter could be a hoax, but given the heightened threat perception, no chance is being taken and security reviews of the match venue and individual players are being carried out.
Thirty-year-old Kohli is currently enjoying a break away from cricket after the completion of three-match Test series against South Africa. He has also opted for a mini-break from the upcoming T20 series versus Bangladesh to manage his gruelling workload.
India are scheduled to play three T20Is against Bangladesh, the first of which will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on November 3. The three-match series will be followed by two Tests.