The Indian Cricket Council (ICC) proposed and the state home minister RR Patil disposed, quite literally.
Patil agreed to give concessions to the ICC for providing security during the cricket World Cup matches, which will be held in Mumbai and Nagpur, for obvious reasons — the NCP chief Sharad Pawar is also the ICC president.
The ICC members met Patil at the government headquarters to chalk out security plans for the World Cup 2011 to be held in Mumbai from March 22 to 28 and on April 2, and in Nagpur from February 22 to 28 and March 12.
According to state officials, the ICC had sought special security for all players at the hotel where they would be staying, along the route from the hotel to the stadium and back, and in and around the stadium apart from regular police security. The officials were also concerned about the final match to be held in Mumbai on April 2.
For sports events, apart from the regular security arrangement, even in the case of the IPL, the home department charges the organisation for providing extra security.
The ICC said they should not be charged as much as the IPL, but should be provided security at subsidised rates. “Patil assured them that they will work out something for the ICC and some concession will be given to them,” the official said.
Patil has asked for special parking provisions to be made and roads diversions to be announced for the final.