BCCI's new plan to protect players


While N.Srinivasan is still fighting court battles to be allowed to discharge his duties as the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) elected president, the governing body has decided to further insulate players from the prying eyes of the fans and the media.

After the Indian Premier League spotfixing scandal this year exposed how bookies approach players posing as fans hotel lobbies, among other places, the BCCI has come up with an elaborate player protection and control plan for four Champions League Twenty20 matches in the Capital.

The Board, through its local affiliate, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), has sought assistance from Delhi Police and the Central Industrial Security Force to ensure it is implemented.

The DDCA has not only requested Delhi Police to provide security at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground but also at the ITC Maurya hotel, where players are staying during the tournament.

There are two aspects of the plan; the first to provide foolproof security cover to top Indian players like Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other international players, and the second to ensure that all players are insulated from potential fixers.

In a letter to the Delhi Police and CISF, the DDCA, referring the BCCI’s new plan, has asked for greater security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, as well for a safe passage the players while boarding and alighting from flights. The letter, which is in possession of Mail Today, requests that since the teams accommodated on six individual floors of the hotel, these floors must be restricted for use to other guests.

The hotel security team, in addition to the normal procedures, will also have in place private security staff on each floor occupied by players and player control teams, to physically monitor the floors through the duration of the tournament.

Due to potential risk factors associated with hosting a major sporting event with international class players, and in light of the attack on the Taj Mumbai Hotel in recent years; it is requested to have police presence at the hotel, through the duration of the tournament. And police personnel in plain clothes are deployed on all the hotel floors,” the letter states.

“Additionally, it is also requested a sufficient number of police personnel to be available for presence and monitoring of lobby, coffee shop, swimming pool, etc. A presence to monitor the general hotel premises and access control points will also be required. It is also requested that Quick Response Teams may also be deployed. The team should manage executive command and control at the hotel, should it be required in the emergency situation. The plan also requires a police pilot, escort and emergency response team vehicle to be present with the teams in transit between airport, hotel and stadium.”

The Board’s plan is in consonance with the ICC guidelines.

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