Mumbai, Jan. 15 -- It began with a tweet from a popular fan club in Mumbai, the "North Stand Gang - Wankhede", who posted this early on during India's ODI against Australia: "don't wear black colour T-shirts, entry restricted due to some security reasons..." The tweet went viral, and the suggestion was that a security directive banning black clothes had been given to prevent anti-CAA protests at the venue.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) denied the allegations and soon issued a clarification. "There have been no instructions given by us or by the police authorities. There is no such ban or restriction." Rahul Desai, a freelance film critic based in Mumbai, said he witnessed a few ticket-holders being turned away for wearing black T-shirts...