In a shocking revelation, Mumbai Police has claimed that Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) owes an amount of ₹14.82 Crores to them for the security cover in various cricket matches. Report citing sources claim that amount relates to the Women’s World Cup, T20, Test, and One-Day matches, which have been hosted by Mumbai cricket Association over the years.
As per a report published in News18, the official further claimed that the MCA has already paid an amount of Rs 4.20 crore for the security provided by the City Police during the IPL matches, and no amount is outstanding in that aspect. There is little doubt that police personnel are keeping the security intact during a tournament of such stature, however, more clarity is awaited in the entire matter.
It is important to note that the Women’s ODI World Cup was hosted by India in 2013, with Mumbai and Cuttack acting as the two venues. In Mumbai, the matches were played on multiple grounds like Bandra Kurla Complex, Middle Income Ground, and Brabourne Stadium.
This year, the entire league stage of the IPL is being played across four venues in Mumbai and Pune. Twenty tournament games will be held at Wankhede Stadium & DY Patil Stadium each while 15 matches each will be staged at Brabourne and MCA International Stadium, Pune.
For this ongoing IPL season, Mumbai Police is also providing green corridors to the IPL teams for their smooth movement from the hotel to the stadium. The Mumbai Police is reportedly taking special care of avoiding traffic jams near the venues like Wankhede and Brabourne Stadiums.
Additionally, each IPL team is provided with a police escort and special security because the matches are scheduled at peak traffic hours. A few days back, Mumbai Traffic Police’s joint commissioner Rajvardhan Sinha has been quoted as saying: “We are ensuring that IPL teams reach the stadiums from their hotels for games and practice in time, and at the same time, common people should not suffer.”