CCI, Mumbai police come to agreement

The Cricket Club of India on Monday decided to throw open its gates for fans after the Mumbai Police agreed to provide security cover for the warm up match between India A and England, at the Brabourne Stadium, here on Tuesday.

The match has gathered much fanfare as it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead an Indian side for the last time.   -  PTI

The Cricket Club of India on Monday decided to throw open its gates for fans after the Mumbai Police agreed to provide security cover for the warm up match between India A and England, at the Brabourne Stadium, here on Tuesday. The match has gathered much fanfare as it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead an Indian side for the last time.

A BCCI insider and a CCI official confirmed that the police have assured security arrangements, although they refused to divulge the amount of the commercial arrangement.

Senior Mumbai Police officials told Sportstar that it had been made clear to the CCI that the full amount of Rs. 60 lakh would be charged for providing bandobast both inside and outside the stadium for the event.

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“A letter to the effect has already been submitted to the CCI in this regard, stating the charges for the bandobast,” a senior police officer said.

According to officials, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Manoj Kumar Sharma held one more meeting with CCI officials on Monday evening to take a review of the arrangements so far and finalise the details of the deployment. Police officials were also seen taking stock of the stadium while the two teams underwent training sessions.

When contacted, Sharma said, “We will have full bandobast both inside and outside the stadium, with nearly 400 personnel from the State Reserve Police Force and the Local Arms unit being pressed into service. Parking of vehicles will be banned around the stadium on Tuesday to avoid any hassles, and spectators will be permitted through gates seven, eight and nine of the stadium.”

The CCI has banned any baggage or bottles inside the stadium, and no one will be allowed to re-enter the stadium in case they exit midway through the match. The three gates will be open only from 12 noon to 3:00 pm on Tuesday due to limited availability of seats, officers confirmed.

The police have also taken into account the fact that the limited seating and restricted entry might lead to resentment among those who are unable to enter, and hence Marine Drive police will also be deploying mobile patrolling units around the stadium to identify and neautralise any potential law and order problem.

The traffic police will also be deploying personnel to ensure smooth movement of traffic around the stadium, said officials.