Australia in India, 2007-08 October 18, 2007

BCCI steps up security for Twenty20

Cricinfo staff



The seventh ODI in Mumbai was marred by poor behaviour from the crowd © Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said that it will take measures to prevent bad crowd behaviour during the Twenty20 international between India and Australia at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.

"The BCCI has appointed chief administrative officer Professor Ratnakar Shetty to deal with the crowd-control issue and it will be done in consultation with the Mumbai police," BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi was quoted as saying in PTI. "We can only persuade the crowd to control themselves but cannot make any arrests. All we can do is to eject people from the ground."

Another BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said that police personnel would be posted in various enclosures to prevent poor behaviour.

These measures follow the issue of Andrew Symonds being subjected to alleged racial abuse once again during the seventh ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. An Australian photographer captured on camera certain spectators in the North Stand enacting monkey chants, a complaint that had been first made during the fifth one-dayer at Vadodara last week.