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BCCI Committee satisfied with Green Park pitch

KANPUR, MARCH 15. BCCI pitch committee member Anand Shukla visited the Green Park stadium today and expressed his satisfaction over the condition of the track where a one-day international cricket match between India and Pakistan would be played on April 15.

Kanpur Division commissioner Anita Bhatnagar Jain had also visited the stadium on Monday and instructed the officials of Green Park to complete all repair works of public and students galleries by March 24.

The Commissioner said besides the close circuit cameras at various enclosures, videography would also be arranged to prevent any untoward incident during the match.

Police administration has also geared up the activities and the entire stadium has been divided into 19 zones, she said adding that there would be separate entrances for the cricket teams and the VVIPs and officials.

The Green Park stadium has a seating capacity of over 39,000.

After an abortive attempt to damage the Green Park stadium by a group of Shiv Sena activists last month, the district administration has deployed security staff on round the clock duty.

Tight security steps would be taken in and around the Green Park stadium. Besides, the Uttar Pradesh police para-military forces would also be deployed to maintain law and order situation.

The visiting Pakistan and Indian teams and senior officials of BCCI would be staying at Landmark Hotel while the media persons would be given accommodations at Mall Road and Civil Lines Hotels.

General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Hotel and Restaurant Association Vijay Pandey told PTI that while the hotels near the stadium had cent per cent bookings, about 50 standard hotels having accommodation facilities have reported to have 50 per cent booking a month ahead of the match.

The Association had discussed the arrangements to provide best service for the visiting spectators and officials of the match, he added.

According to the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association sources said around 500 hundred Pakistani families, including that of legendary Zaheer Abbas', were expected to arrive here for the match.

Abbas, the former Pakistani captain who was married in this city 25 years ago, was expected to arrive along with 15-member squad, they said.

The UPCA has decided to sell the tickets of one-dayer through the banks.

Kanpur would host the one-dayer between India and Pakistan for the first time while the two countries had last played a Test in a draw. — PTI

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