All the four teams in the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 finals Sunday are expected to wear black armbands as a mark of respect to the families of the victims of the horrifying flyover tragedy that took away lives of 24 people.
“We have requested the teams to wear black arm-bands,” former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly said. Meanwhile, security in and around the Eden Gardens has been beefed up to avoid any untoward incident during the finals.
Additional policemen will be deployed and the area outside the stadium will be cordoned off to assure security of the players of both the countries. Senior police officers of deputy commissioner rank will be on-duty at the main entrance of the stadium and at the crucial points in and outside the ground.
Watch towers have been erected at different points outside the stadium from where commandos will be posted.
Officers of the city police’s bomb and dog squad have started frisking the area surrounding the stadium and policemen in plain clothes will be posted in the gallery. Women police will be deployed at all the entry and exit points.
There will also be proper security arrangements during when players of both the teams will be practicing in Eden Gardens. Only selected people will be allowed to enter the stadium during the practice.
Movement of traffic on some of the thoroughfares near the stadium may be restricted for some time to ensure security of the players and VIPs scheduled to be present in the ground to watch the final match. The players of the West Indies cricket team reached the city this evening. There were proper security arrangements for them when they headed to the hotel in the team bus. Security outside the hotel has also been tightened up. Police officers of the Special Branch of the city police are present in the hotel.