Apple CEO Tim Cook landed in Kanpur unannounced to catch the Indian Premier League (IPL) game between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Green Park late on Thursday evening.
Cook was reportedly invited for the match by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla.
“I had personally invited Cook to watch an IPL match and I am glad that he has accepted my invitation,” Shukla told PTI on Thursday.
The police department, which was caught off guard and were informed of Cook’s arrival by Shukla himself, hurriedly made arrangements to escort him to his hotel and later to the stadium.
Cook is expected to meet UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who will fly down to Kanpur to inaugurate the match.
Cook came in on a chartered aircraft from New Delhi and landed at Chakeri airport in Kanpur. SSP Kanpur Shalabh Mathur confirmed his arrival and said that he has been escorted to the hotel.
The Apple CEO is on a four-day visit to India where he is expected during which he is expected to meet a host of political leaders, industrialists and top celebrities
The 55-year-old Cook landed in Mumbai and paid a visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple.
He was also invited to a private dinner organised by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is also the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders.
(With PTI inputs)