India vs England 2012-13: Tight security for first ODI in Rajkot

India will play against England in the first One-Day International at Rajkot on January 11 © AFP

Rajkot: Jan 9, 2013

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and England to be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium on January 11.

“As many as 1,300 policemen including four SPs and 25 DySPs have been deployed in and outside the SCA stadium where the first ODI between India and England will be played,” Rajkot Rural Superintendent of Police Premveer Singh said.

“The security arrangements have been divided in four sectors. Each sector would be supervised by SP cadre official.

“Nearly 500 mediapersons are coming to cover the match and therefore separate security arrangements have been made for them,” he added.

The hotel, where both the teams are staying, has also been turned into a fortress with deployment of around 125 policemen, the official said.

However, the SCA has not installed fencing on the boundary line so that viewers can watch the match uninterrupted but has put up as many as 40 CCTVs to keep a close eye on the crowd, said Niranjan Shah, the honorary secretary of the SCA.