In a temporary reprieve for the Cricket Association of Bengal, the Kolkata Police on Friday gave security assurance for the upcoming ODI and T20 matches between India and England in October.
However, the Kolkata police maintained that they would not be able to provide security for the Champions League Twenty20 matches scheduled on October as it is clashing with the beginning of Durgapuja festivities.
Hence the fate of two CLT20 matches, which are clashing with Durgapujafestvities on October 1, hangs in balance with CAB now thinking to refer the matter to the BCCI.
A senior Kolkata police official on Friday said they would work alongside private security agency to provide the security arrangements for the two international matches involving England.
"But we cannot provide security for the CLT20matces on October 1. We will have severe staff crunch once the jurisdiction is extended. With Durgapuja beginning during that time, we cannot arrange adequate security," the police official said.
With their jurisdiction set to extend from September 1, the Kolkata Police on Thursday had told CAB that they cannot afford to provide adequate security for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 and India-England matches which are clashing with the festive season of DurgaPuja and Diwali.
"The jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police would be extended to the municipal corporation limits from September 1.
They told us that their manpower, however, would remain the same.