The Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) plan to install giant screens across the city during the top-draw May 5 Indian Premier League encounter between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors has come unstuck with the police declining permission citing possible law and order issues.
“The police informed us today (Thursday) that they would not give permission as the giant screens could lead to law and order problem,” CAB treasurer Subir (Bablu) Ganguly said.
With Kolkata’s favourite local boy, Sourav Ganguly, leading the Warriors, match fever has reached a peak.
The match is already sold out, leaving thousands of cricket enthusiasts crestfallen. The craze is such that the India team sponsors, Sahara India, who also own Pune Warriors, have asked for extra tickets. The sky-rocketing demand for tickets has already forced the police to keep a strong vigil to prevent black marketing.
It was in this backdrop that the CAB had considered installing 12 giant screens so that enthusiasts could watch the action live even when on the move.