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India vs West Indies: Mumbai police wants Wankhede T20 tie moved from December 6

Mumbai police will be on high alert on December 6, the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition and also ‘Mahaprinirvan Din’ of late B R Ambedkar.

cricket Updated: Nov 20, 2019 23:24 IST
Rasesh Mandani
Rasesh Mandani
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and others during a training session.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and others during a training session.(PTI)

The fate of the first Twenty20 international of the India-West Indies series scheduled on December 6 in Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium hangs in balance. This follows a communication by the Mumbai police to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) expressing inability to deploy the police force needed for an international match that day. December 6 marks the first anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict and the death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar for which thousands of followers congregate to celebrate ‘Mahaparinirvan Divas’.

“A Mumbai police representative had come to share the ground situation in our Apex Council meeting today. Senior MCA officials have sought time to meet the Commissioner of Police Sanjay Barve tomorrow where more clarity would be provided, if the match is possible on the scheduled date or not,” an MCA official said.

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“We have conveyed to the MCA that on December 6 we are quite pre-occupied as far as the deployment of security bandobast is concerned. No meeting of association officials with either CP or jt CP (law & order) has been held so far but will be held soon. The dialogue is on with them and after the meeting a final decision would be taken,” a senior police officer said.

The services of around 1,200 police personnel and 300 traffic personnel are needed for an international cricket match in Mumbai.

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It is learnt MCA officials have also suggested to the police that they be allowed to stage the match with around 25 per cent police force with the rest to be made up of hired private security personnel. “But any such move would need the go-ahead from Mumbai police and modalities can only be worked out after meeting with senior police officials,” the MCA official said.

If Mumbai is unable to stage the game on that day, MCA is exploring the possibility of swapping the third T20 with Hyderabad.