Five-member team from Australia to inspect Kanpur stadium for India series

Ratnakar Shetty was not pleased with the progress on renovation at the Kanpur Stadium © AFP

Kanpur: Dec 11, 2012

A five-member delegation from Cricket Australia (CA) will inspect the Green Park stadium at Kanpur on Tuesday to assess the playing conditions and security arrangements ahead of Australia‘s tour to India early next year.

The delegation will reach the stadium in the afternoon and meet the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) administrators as well as the senior city police officials, who will brief them about security arrangements and facilities available at the stadium and the team hotel including the route of the bus carrying the Australian players.

The Green Park will play host to the third Test match between the two countries from March 14-18.

Earlier this month, a two-member delegation of the BCCI had inspected the stadium and expressed their displeasure over the slow progress of renovation work at the ground.

BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty and Suru Nayak, cricket operations manager, had set the January 2013 deadline for the UPCA to complete the work or else lose its right to host the third Test.

Shetty was clearly unhappy with the players’ dressing room and dining hall, which are in a dilapidated state and also discussed issues related to accommodation of match officials. There were also concerns related to the renovation of the pavilion block and spectators stands while a heap of debris could be seen lying unattended outside the stadium.

The UPCA officials, however, have had managed to convince the two senior BCCI officials that the work would be completed before the first week of January. .