The tussle between the Delhi Police and Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers over two IPL matches in the national Capital to be held close to the MCD polls on April 15, is far from over. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to shift the match to be held on April 14, but the Delhi Police wants it to reschedule the match to be held on April 10 as well.
As per the original schedule, the two matches of Delhi Daredevils were to be held at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on April 10 and April 14 but the BCCI has agreed to shift only one match. Now, the match scheduled for April 14, between the Delhi Daredevils and the Deccan Charges, has been shifted to April 19.
"To avoid a clash with the upcoming MCD elections, we had written a letter to Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to shift the two matches that were scheduled before the polls to the civic body. Now they have moved the match that was scheduled on April 14 as the date was too close to the MCD elections. But we wont be able to handle the other match as well because at least 2,000 security personnel would be required to man the match venue," a senior police officer said.
Sources said the Delhi Police will continue deliberations with the BCCI, impressing upon them to shift the match scheduled for April 10 as well. "Security will be a major concern during the upcoming MCD elections but we don't want to compromise with the security at the stadium too. It would be difficult to provide 2,000 security personnel for the match," the officer added.
The police said after the two low-intensity explosions at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2010 delayed an IPL match, they could not leave anything to chance. "We need to plan three-tier security apart from installing over 100 CCTV cameras inside and outside the stadium to monitor all activities," the officer added.
The police are likely to seek help from the Central paramilitary forces or the National Security Guards (NSG) to secure the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium if the BCCI refuses to relent on changing the schedule for the April 10 match.