Mumbai, Apr 1 : International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar on Friday urged the spectators to cooperate with the police in taking all security measures during the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Mumbai''s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Hoping that the final match of the 2011 World Cup would go on smoothly, Pawar said so far the world cup matches had been held in an organised manner.
"Certain precautions have been taken by police from security angle, and that''s why there might be some inconveniences to everybody. I will apologise for that but there is no choice - security is the most important thing for everybody and from that angle whatever the police administration are going to take decision, I hope all of us would cooperate with that," Pawar told a news conference here.
"Those who''d like to come to watch the match, there might be some inconvenience for them. But they should cooperate with police in this particular thing. I don''t want to take more time, I''m really happy that till today we have organised in a dignified manner and I hope tomorrow''s match will be one of the exciting matches and there will be tremendous support for all types of good game from the people of Bombay (Mumbai)," he added.
Pawar further said: "''m fully aware there is tremendous demand for tomorrow''s meeting but unfortunately, capacity is limited. Mumbai Cricket Association has provided more facilities to the infrastructure and that has definitely reduced the number of seats."
Ahead of Saturday''s World Cup final, security officials took their final positions in and around the Wankhede Stadium today.
Strict surveillance of all visitors and officials at the stadium was being carried out at the entry gate of the stadium.
Apart from Mumbai police, teams of National Security Guards, Maharashtra''s elite Force One, Rapid Action Force, State Reserve Police Force and Quick Response Team are maintaining strict vigil at the stadium.
Mumbai police has banned bulk SMSes till end of Saturday''s final.
Airspace over and around stadium has been declared ''No Flying Zone''. Over 180 CCTVs have been installed by the stadium authorities inside and outside the stadium, and a special police control room has been set up to keep a watch on the spectators.
Helicopters for surveillance, Marine Commandos and Indian Naval Base in South Mumbai will be on standby. All entry points from the sea will be sealed on the day.
A multi-layer security will be in place around two-km radius area of the stadium during the match. Outside food items will not be allowed in the stadium.
Police are also worried that a "chemical bomb" could be used by the terrorists, so the water bottles from outside would not be allowed at the match, a police official said on the condition of anonymity.
Security has also been beefed up ashore with additional check points and manning of boat landing areas. In addition to coastal security, the Indian navy has also enhanced its surveillance and patrolling in and around the Offshore Development Area.
President Pratibha Patil and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the match at the 32,000-capacity Wankhede Stadium. (ANI)