India defeated New Zealand by 53 runs in the first T20 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi to pick up their first victory over the Kiwis in the shortest format in 10 years. India outplayed the New Zealanders in all the three aspects of the game be it batting, bowling or fielding. Indians gave a fitting farewell to Ashish Nehra, but the farewell match was not all a smooth ride for the officials and the administrators responsible for conducting the match.
The DDCA high court-appointed administrator Justice Vikramjeet Sen has lashed out at the police and municipal authorities for favouring their known and “arm-twisting tactics” during the first T20 held at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on November 1.
Sen has alleged that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had locked the player’s kitchen just to get more passes for the matches:
“The players’ kitchen was closed for two hours because they didn’t get enough passes… only after the extra passes were issued (at around 3.25 pm), were the players’ kitchen doors opened,” Justice Sen said.
Sen also claimed that the CCTV footage showed that the police allowed ticketless entry in the match and also said that the food catering trucks were also disallowed to enter the stadium because they were upset with the number of passes distributed.
“This was not a case of helping (in conducting the match) but a case of obstruction, one of the main obstacles was how difficult some of the (government) organisations were, especially police. We have got footage to show that they actually opened the gates during the game to let people in. It was a security hazard because an international match was taking place. They just kept demanding passes but how many can you give?”
Sen has now listed charges against Delhi Police Commissioner Amukya Patnaik and said according to the DDCA website they had distributed 650 free passes, 20 of which were for the hospitality lounge while SDMC collected 56, including six with lounge access.
Sen also said that he is considering the option of not involving the police for the next match:
“Next time I am going to say that the police should not be there at all. I mean they should be there just for security reasons.”
Former Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi who was there to felicitate Ashish Nehra was also stopped at the gate:
“Even Bedi was not allowed through the gate, but these fellows (police) just opened the gate for unauthorised people. Bedi, who was to felicitate Nehra, was not allowed in by the police. He is such an aged person and if he was standing there, what do you do? We got to know when somebody told us… when we went rushing there, we saw this poor gentleman standing outside.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), M S Randhawa reacted to the allegations and said:
“At all the entrance gates, employees of PayTM were posted and they were allowing entry after scanning bar codes. We were not giving entry to anyone, and everything is there on CCTV.”
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