Reports: Sticks attached to the team flags not allowed inside the stadium during IPL 2022

An advent RCB fan shared his experience of not being allowed to carry the flag.

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The past two years have been very difficult for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for organizing the cricket matches, especially the IPL smoothly. The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw the league being shifted to the UAE owing to the situation in India. The next year, the IPL was shifted to the UAE for the second half as the competition had to be stopped midway in India due to second COVID wave.

After two years, the BCCI has been successful in conducting the entire league in India across four venues and two cities- Mumbai and Pune. The year was special as two new teams were introduced to the league in the IPL 2022, with now 10 teams fighting it out for the glory

For the smooth conduct of the event, the board and Mumbai Police have joined hands to devise a new set of rules and regulations for the spectators visiting the stadium during the match. As per a report by The Indian Express, it is being said that the sticks attached to the team flags are not permitted inside the stadium.

Sticks attached flags can be a weapon of violence

According to Indian Express, the BCCI and the Mumbai Police felt that the sticks could be utilized as weapons and cause violence, leading to injuries to the players if thrown at someone on the field. The report added that the fans weren’t allowed to take their team flags inside, and were asked to drop them at the entrance gate.

“A team like Mumbai Indians used to keep their flag before every game on their respective seats. As this time there is no home game and the BCCI is looking after hosting each game, it was decided not to allow flags for the general public,” an MCA official said.

25-year-old Chirag Khilare, a die-hard RCB fan, was asked to leave his flag outside the stadium. “I pleaded during RCB vs RR game in Wankhede Stadium. I told them that I’m a die-hard fan of Virat and this flag means a lot to me but security didn’t allow it. It was only after requesting for one hour, I was allowed to take my flag for this game but they told me next time they can’t do anything,” Khilare said.

A similar incident had occurred last year when the English cricketers were on their tour to India and had played the five T20Is at the Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera) in Ahmedabad. The fans were not allowed to carry the flags along with the sticks, and the security at the gate removed the sticks from the flags, letting fans carry only a flag.