MCA sorts out security issue with Mumbai Police
Mumbai: Mumbai Cricket Association officials have sorted out the controversial issue of the need for Cricket Board officials to have police accreditations for entering their own offices inside the Wankhede Stadium during the ongoing Indian Premier League.
"We had a meeting today with Additional Commissioners of Police, Mr Naval Bajaj and Mr Madhukar Gavit, and other police officers and the issue has been sorted out. The issue was only with police passes. They (police) will now honour the accreditations issued by the BCCI," said Ratnakar Shetty, Treasurer of MCA.”
"The IPL matches on May 24 and 25 would be held at the Wankhede Stadium as scheduled," he added.
Shetty, who is also BCCI Chief Administrative Officer, and MCA Vice-President Dilip Vengsarkar met the police officials here, a day after the issue had been raised at the BCCI`s Working Committee meeting yesterday.
Today`s meeting lasted for around two hours.
The Board officials were upset at the need for them to sport police accreditations in addition to their own identity cards for entering the Cricket Centre housed inside the stadium, the home venue for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.
The BCCI even threatened to shift the first two IPL play-off games scheduled for May 24 and 25 at the stadium and gave MCA officials three days` time to sort out the matter with the city police.
Deputy Police Commissioner (Operations) Rajkumar Vhatkar told reporters that henceforth the police personnel would not be handling the security inside the stadium but would continue to man the surroundings.