Delhi Police has guaranteed security only for two days
The teams will start arriving from Saturday
NEW DELHI: The organisers of the Champions League Twenty20 are yet to receive permission from the Delhi Police to hold the matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla here. The matches are to be held from October 9 to 21.
In view of the festive season, the Delhi Police has indicated to the cricket authorities its reluctance to spare personnel for the matches. The Delhi Police has told the organisers that it can provide security only for two days out of the five days of matches in the Capital.
Confirming the development, a senior Delhi Police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “As part of the discussion for security arrangement for the forthcoming Champions League, we suggested to the organisers to hold matches only on two days.”
The matches have been scheduled for October 9, 11, 13, 19 and 21. Apart from Delhi Daredevils, the other teams scheduled to play their matches at the Kotla are New South Wales Blues and Victorian Bushrangers from Australia, Wayambe Elevens from Sri Lanka and Diamond Eagles from South Africa.
“We have told them that the force is already over-worked in view of the security arrangements in the city for the ongoing festival season. Ramlilas and Durga Puja have just concluded and we have to ensure security in the markets for Diwali,” said the Delhi Police officer.
Delhi Police would ideally like the matches to be held only on October 9 and 19. The semifinal is slated for October 21.
Final decision soon
“The matter is under discussion and a final decision will be taken soon,” confirmed the Delhi Police officer.
The organisers have been pushing hard for the security clearance for more than a week now and the latest developments have left them concerned.
“Security is a subject that is best left to the police. There can’t be any compromise on this,” said an official from the Delhi and District Cricket Association.
The teams for the Champions League will start arriving in the Capital from Saturday.