IPL officials might be confident of providing foolproof security during the second season next month, but the event management firm that put together the 44-day tournament, was not too impressed with the security last season.
International Management Group (IMG), who provide logistical support to the tournament, have in an internal report, criticised the security levels during the event. The eight franchisees were handed this report at the auction in Goa last month.
The report, which HT has a copy of, cites security lapses at almost every place - airports, hotels, dressing rooms and dugouts - saying outsiders were freely moving in restricted areas.
“The security around the dressing rooms, viewing areas and dugouts ranged from poor to appalling,” says the report. “There is a huge concern as the area should be absolutely secure as it is the teams' sanctum. The reality, however, was that media, police officers, cricket officials and even members of the public regularly found their way into these areas!”
The levels of security at the team hotels have also come for flak in the report, with Hotel Mountain View in Chandigarh drawing the most criticism.
“The arrivals/ departures from hotels ranged from reasonable (ITC in Mumbai) to very poor (Mountain View in Chandigarh)... It was noticeable that in some hotels much of the security equipment (CCTV, metal detectors) was not working or not used.”
IPL officials, however, did not seem too anxious with the report. “The report was prepared, but it was not a ‘fault-finding’ mission. It was an effort on IMG's part to tell us where we went wrong and how we can improve this time around,” tournament director Dhiraj Malhotra told HT.
IPL chairman Lalit Modi said: “The IPL asked for this report and we have a full-time security team whose only job is providing security. We refine and add to that report daily.”