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Chandigarh police denies providing security to Team India ahead of the second T20I against South Africa

The second T20I is set to be played on Wednesday.

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Indian team. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

The second T20I of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played in the PCA stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh. The first match scheduled at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala was abandoned due to heavy rains. Even during the Proteas’ previous tour, the series opener at the Eden Gardens had washed out and they will be desperate for some action.

The second T20I will be played on September 18, with the forecast suggesting no issues with rain and a full game of 40 overs will be possible. Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock both are looking forward to building a team for the ICC World T20 2020 to be played in Australia with both the squads having some fresh faces which have extensive experience of playing in the T20 format.

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BCCI yet to pay previous bills

However, PCA management is facing a bigger issue as they have been unable to secure police protection for the Indian team coming into the city. This is because of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) having unpaid bills to the tune of INR 9 crores towards the Chandigarh police, forcing the latter to deny security cover according to the Times Now.

Both the Indian and South African teams were received at the airport and provided security by the Mohali police. However, they did that until the territory of Chandigarh police started. Having not received the payment from the BCCI, the Chandigarh police decided against giving any security cover at all. It should also be noted that the teams have reached their hotels successfully and private security arrangements have been provided to them.

The Men in Blue team features many names that are trying to cement their places for the upcoming showcase ICC event. The likes of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, and Rahul Chahar will look at the two remaining matches as opportunities to make a mark with their performances.

South Africa, on the other hand, are missing Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and Hashim Amla, who had made the trip last time in 2015 and the team are led by Quinton de Kock for the first time in a full-time capacity. The Proteas are also trying to build a new look brigade for the 2020 ICC event and the journey starts with this series for both teams.

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