Ranji Trophy 2017: Spectators barred from entering Palam ground

SSCB barred general spectators from entering the Palam ground, a day after an intruder drove his car onto the pitch during the match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 4, 2017 9:40 pm
Ranji Trophy 2017, Delhi vs Uttar Pradesh, Delhi vs UP, Palam Ground, Cricket news, Indian Express Delhi earned six points as they beat Uttar Pradesh by four-wickets. (Express photo by Saundarya Mehra)

The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) barred general spectators from entering the Airforce ground, a day after an intruder drove his car onto the pitch during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. After facing a lot of embarrassment due to the security breach, the Services authorities swung to action.

“The Services authorities did not allow any general spectator inside the ground. There was a double lock at the entrance gate which was unmanned during the security breach. Only journalists with valid BCCI central accreditation card were allowed. In fact, one spectator jokingly produced his Aadhar Card at the gate,” a DDCA official told PTI.

On third day of the Ranji Trophy encounter, one man identifying himself as Girish Sharma had breached the security at the Airforce ground and was allegedly in an inebriated state when he drove onto the pitch with international players such as Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma on the field. Girish was detained and according to Delhi Police sources he was not in the best of “mental health”.

In fact, a twitter handle run by one Vernika Verma, who claimed to be Girish’s ex-wife apologised to the Delhi skipper Ishant for his ex-husband’s irresponsible act.

“I deeply apologise on behalf of my ex-husband. Shocked to see this Really sorry,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, a DDCA official privy to the functioning of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) said that this incident will have no bearing on where Delhi will play their last home game against Maharashtra from November 17-20.

“Technically, we can also play at The Feroz Shah Kotla as if we don’t use the centre strip. But the decision will depend on our position in the points table after the Karnataka away game. Even Palam is in contention,” the DDCA official informed.

“We have not yet booked the Palam ground but this one-off incident will not be the reason to shift the game. A lot will depend whether we will get Ishant Sharma for the match or not. A note has been sent to the Indian team management to release Ishant if he is not in the playing XI for the first Test in Kolkata,” he added.

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