The security agencies in Mumbai are treating Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test match at the Wankhede Stadium here like a World Cup final. On Wednesday, Mumbai Cricket Association officials and senior officers of the Mumbai Police discussed elaborate security measures to ensure that the high-profile match to be attended by the who's who of the country passed off incident free.
The bustling city of Mumbai has always been a soft target for terror groups. The Champions League T20 championship was cancelled after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks by Pakistani gunmen. In July 2011, a series of explosions rocked the city leaving at least 26 people dead. Tendulkar's 200th game is being seen as more than just a Test match and hence the attention from all security agencies is understandable.
Among major steps, four sets of Quick Response Teams, armed with automatic weapons, will escort the players. The police will also post liaison officers with both the Indian and the West Indian squads. Parking restrictions in and around the Wankhede Stadium and specific entrance for players and VVIPs are part of the security measures.