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Police refused to provide security to Indian Cricket Team

After a washout in the first Twenty20 International in Dharamsala, India and South Africa will go up against each other in the second match on September 18 (Wednesday) in Mohali.

Ground personnel wipe water off the covers after a rainfall at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium before the first Twenty20 cricket match between South Africa and India in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

South Africa will be keen to make a winning start to the new era under their new skipper Quinton de Kock and Enoch Nkwe, the interim team director. They would finally want to get the proceedings going after a washout in the first match.

On the other hand, The Men in Blue, led by captain Virat Kohli, are slated to face South Africa in the second T20 fixture of the three-match series at the PCA stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh.

India will be fancying their chances against the Proteas who have struggled in recent months. India will be brimming with confidence after the highly-successful tour of West Indies where they did not lose a single game. The Virat Kohli-led side won the T20Is 2-0, ODIs 2-0 and the Tests 2-0. Prior to that, India had made it to the semifinal of the World Cup.

Both the teams landed in Mohali on Monday ahead of the penultimate game of the series.

When the Men in Blue reached the airport they were given security by the Mohali police. The Mohali police gave the players the required security cover till the territory of Chandigarh police started But to everyone’s surprise, the Chandigarh police did not turn out to provide the much-needed security to teams.

But fortunately, both the teams reached their hotels successfully. With Chandigarh police pulling out, private security arrangements have been provided to them, according to Times Now.

According to reports, Despite several attempts, Shashank Anand, SP (Traffic and Security) Chandigarh did not respond to the calls of BCCI officials. 

While the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is in Mohali, teams generally stay in a renowned hotel in Chandigarh. It is due to this reason that teams have to enter the Union Territory.

Since the security of international players is a massive concern, the local authorities have hired private security agencies which are with both the teams in Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh police refused to provide security to the players due to some financial issues. Photo: Chandigarh Police

It is believed that Chandigarh Police have decided to deny any service to the teams due to BCCI’s (Board of Control for Cricket in India) pending bill payment of INR 9 crore towards them.

According to Indian News Channel, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not deposited a fee of Rs 9 crore to Chandigarh police, forcing the latter to deny security cover.

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