It has been a long and hectic tour for Australia against Virat Kohli ‘s men, who have outclassed them in every single department. However, the tour will officially see an end today (October 13), after the final T20I match between the hosts and the kangaroos at Hyderabad.
Now, a golden opportunity to regain the lost glory lies ahead of the Aussies, as they are a victory away from clinching the T20I series. After the defeat of 2nd T20I in Guwahati, the Indians fans went furious and even threw stones onto the Australian team bus. It surely left a black mark on the BCCI and the authorities.
So, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is leaving no stones unturned in terms of security measures after what happened in Guwahati. It has been learned that fans can bring their mobile phones to watch the final T20I between the two sides, but power-banks and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited.
According to Mahesh Bhagwat, Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, it is informed that the security personnel manning all the gates would appeal to the fans to go through the drill of switching off the phones before entering the venue.
“This is also one of the reasons we ask the fans to come well in advance to the venue to avoid any inconvenience. All the entry gates will be thrown open four hours before the match commences at 7.00 PM,” he said.
Metallic objects, umbrellas, water bottles, sticks to carry any banners (tri-color flags are allowed but without the sticks) will not be allowed inside the premises of the stadium. Apart from this, 56 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the stadium for the safety of the spectators, female fans, in particular, said Mr. Bhagwat.
“In all, 1,800 cops will be on the job for a smooth conduct of the match. The vigilance teams will keep a tab on the sale of eatables and beverages by vendors and spectators can bring to the notice of the authorities if anyone is charging an exorbitant price by calling 100 or 9490617111,” he said.
“Most importantly, we appeal to the spectators not to create panic in case there is heavy rain as they can all move into the large lung space available behind the galleries to take cover. There is enough space for parking 1,940 four-wheelers and 5,050 two-wheelers in the designated spaces in and around the stadium,” the Commissioner added.
As it was the first ever T20I held at the venue, the security measures have been implemented strictly keeping in mind that the incidents like Guwahati shouldn’t repeat again here.