In gesture of respect of MS Dhoni, the most successful captain of Team India so far, fans are allowed free entry to the first warm up ODI match against India and New Zealand. The warm up match is being played between England and India A. MS Dhoni is playing as the Captain of India A and the match is probably the last international match of the player as a captain. BCCI has agreed to bear the cost of security cover provided by police, which made it possible to waive entry fees.
The entry will be restricted only to north and the east stands of Brabourne Stadium. The stadium will accommodate 10,000 people. It was also reported that if the seats are all filled up an hour or a half the start of the match, the gates would be closed restricting further entry. Previously, there were reports that police demanded rupees 60 lakhs to provide security and the CCI approached the BCCI for the same. In the first instance, BCCI ordered not to allow any spectators for the match and restrict the attendance only to members of Cricket Club of India. Later, it was reported by a CCI official that police at first asked rupees 2 lakhs, but increased the fees because a larger crowd was expected. The request was forwarded to BCCI.
There was a meeting between the police department and BCCI, who accepted to pay the required sum to police. BCCI also forwarded the message in writing to the CCI as well as the police department. Per the CCI official, only 40 policemen were set to be deployed, but with Dhoni's appearance in the match, more security personals will be required. The player will certainly draw a huge crowd and as the ticket fees are also waived, more people will draw in. Around 300 security persons will be deployed in the stadium to control the probable crowd.
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