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ICC to pay for personal, not general security

cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2011 01:47 IST
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The home department is charging the International Cricket Council (ICC) only for the security provided to its players and those present inside the stadium, unlike what it charges the IPL, where the league has to pay for overall security.

The concession, which would cut the costs by almost one-third, would be applicable for security arrangements that would be arranged for World Cup matches in Mumbai from March 22 to 28 and April 2, and in Nagpur from February 22 to 28 and again on March 12.

“Any security arrangements made for players and the inside of the stadium will be charged for. However, we have decided not to charge the ICC for general security for traffic management or those in parking areas,” said Umesh Sarangi, additional chief secretary, home department.

The Hindustan Times on February 3 had reported how state home minister RR Patil had agreed to dole out concessions to the ICC, headed by NCP chief and Patil’s boss Sharad Pawar, for providing security during its World Cup matches slated to be held in Mumbai and Nagpur from February 22.

The ICC had asked for special security for all the players at the hotel where they would be staying, along the route — from the hotel to the stadium and back, in and around the stadium apart from the regular police security.

The cricket council had also sought special security arrangements for the last final match to be held in Mumbai on April 2, which is a day-and-night match.