Good turnout at Hyderabad despite tight security
Despite unprecedented security in the wake of the February 21 terror attack in Hyderabad, the second Test between India and Australia attracted a good crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Spectators were not allowed to carry mobile phones, cameras, carry bags and even banners inside the stadium. Many spectators carrying cell phones and other items either had to return disappointed or make alternate arrangements. More than 2000 policemen were deployed as part of tight security arrangements in the wake of twin bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar.
“We have deployed 500 more men than we normally do for a match,” said Hyderabad police commissioner D Thirumala Rao, after reviewing the security at the stadium. Authorities deployed 60 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the stands to keep a vigil on the spectators. Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials coordinated with police for better crowd management.
However, the tight security measures failed to dampen the spirits of cricket fans with more than 22,000 turning out to watch the clash between two of the world’s strongest teams. Braving the hot sun, the weekend crowd filled the stands and loudly cheered the fall of every Australian wicket.
With India winning the first Test at Chennai by eight wickets, more people turned out to watch the match. The number is expected to go up on Sunday with more spectators likely to come to see India bat.