Cricket-security police fall ill with food poisoning

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 - 5:26pm by Doug Powell

Apparently there’s a World Cup of cricket and apparently it’s being held in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

I’m not being disrespectful, I just wouldn’t know. I do know there’s a Capitals-Flyers game on TV tonight (that’s hockey).

Whatever the sport, players play lousy when they barf. And if security’s barfing, there should be some red flags around the athletes.

Reuters reports around 60 policemen on World Cup security duty in Dhaka fell sick on Tuesday after eating contaminated food.

The policemen, who were on duty at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Stadium and the teams' hotel, were taken to hospital after eating food supplied by a local contractor.

Colonel Mesbahuddin, the security chief for the local organising committee, said, "The policeman started vomiting shortly after having the food. Around 50 of them were taken to hospital for treatment."

The sick policeman included more than a dozen members of the elite security force, Rapid Action Battalion. The food supplier was taken into custody.

The incident took place on the eve of the first quarter-final between Pakistan and West Indies.

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