The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, where the first ODI between India-West Indies will be played, has been taken over by the police. The stadium and premises have been brought under security cover.
Speaking at a press conference at the office of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) in the stadium, IG Padmakumar said that three SPs, 18 DySPs, 25 CIs, 172 SIs will be leading a 2,000-strong force, including women personnel.
“Spectators can bring potable water into the stadium only in plastic bottles. Surveillance cameras have been installed at every corner of the stadium. The shadow police will also be on duty,” Padmakumar said.
“Those under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to enter the stadium. Jumping from one sector to another will not be allowed, as spectators are expected to sit only on the allotted seat in each block. Those trying to scale the head light tower or such heights will be caught and punished,” the IG said.
“The stadium gates will be thrown open at 10.30 am. There will be no sale of tickets through the counters at the stadium on the day of the match. Items like match boxes, lighters, tobacco products and fire crackers will not be permitted. Spectators leaving the stadium during the match will not be permitted to enter again. Spectators should keep the counterfoil of the ticket for inspection by the police or the KCA authorities,” IG said. “Bags and other items found abandoned should not be opened and the nearest police official on duty should be informed. Big bags and umbrellas, luggage, and other valuables should be avoided,” he said.
Parking along the stretch between the main gate of the stadium and around the stadium will remain banned from the night of Wednesday till the match is over on Thursday night. Vehicles found parked in parking areas will be towed away. Four ambulances will be on standby on the stadium premises. Police control room can be contacted on 94979-90066.
KCA president T C Mathew said that in case the match is abandoned without a single ball being bowled, the ticket fare will be refunded within 15 days through Federal Bank branches.