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Security officials squabble over a bus seat

cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2011 01:47 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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It's just not cricketers who are fussy about their seats, be it in the dressing room or the team bus. Security personnel too can be equally finicky.

The South African cricketers learnt this in a hilarious way on Sunday afternoon, when they boarded the bus to their hotel after they landed in Delhi.

Just when they thought they were good to go, an argument broke out between the Delhi Police personnel escorting the bus and the security officials travelling with the team over who would take the front seats.

Tug of war

South Africa's security officials, sources informed HT, wanted to take the front seats and asked the policemen to move to the back of the bus. That suggestion, however, didn't go down well with the latter. The police officials too staked claim to the front seats, arguing how they could protect the players if they sat in the back row and something went wrong.

The players watched the wrangling with amusement, hoping one side would give in and let the bus move.

That was, however, not to be as both sides refused to yield. Eventually, a compromise was struck with both sides taking one seat each in the front.

The harassed players would have wished an ICC match referee had been traveling with them, to settle the issue.