Mumbai, Feb 10: There were 23 dogs present at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, and guarded the Day/Night Twenty20 match between India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday. This was revealed by Kishor Nawal, whose Mumbai-based firm (Third Eye Dog Security) was by the Maharashtra State Cricket Association.
"There was not a single untoward incident happened. The arrangement was so powerful that no spectator could enter the ground", Nawal, who is employed with the Maharashtra Police, said.
"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. During one of the IPL matches, few spectators tried to enter the ground when Preity Zinta was distributing the T-shirts and we had to protect her", he added.
The MCA had hosted the second international match at this 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", Nawar claimed. "In Germany, the dog security service is hired for football matches". .
"We have hired the trainers to look after the dogs and they (dogs) are trained in Thane and Pune for three to twelve months".
"Our proposal is also lying with the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and who knows one day our dogs will be "watching" the international match at the Wankhede Stadium", he hoped.
The MCA chief Sharad Pawar was present in Pune on Tuesday and may have seen the dogs guarding the cricket match.