The fate of India New Zealand third Test is still undecided    AFP
The fate of India New Zealand third Test is still undecided AFP

Mumbai: Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is going ahead with preparations for conducting the third and final IndiaNew Zealand Test at its Holkar Stadium in Indore from October 8-12, a top official of the state body said on Tuesday. “We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations,” MPCA’s honorary secretary, Milind Kanmadikar, told PTI from Indore. Doubts had arisen over the conduct of the game after the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha Committee had stopped disbursement of large sums of money to the various state units by the Indian cricket board after it decided on this course of action at the emergent working committee meeting on September 30. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, second Test at Kolkata

Reacting to the Lodha committee’s instructions to its bankers BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, on Tuesday said, “Most state units are unsure how they will be able to host games in this home season. They need to decide whether they can host the games or not, with or without money.” Kanmadikar, to a query, said that MPCA has already spent some money to conduct the game but has not yet asked for reimbursement, which was also subject to some upper limit, from the Board. Meanwhile, MPCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rohit Pandit told reporters in Indore, “We have not received official words from BCCI) yet that the final test between Indian and New Zealand has been stopped. We got information from media reports”, Pandit said to a query regarding the BCCI’s threat.

“But cannot act on such reports. We are going ahead as schedule given that BCCI had asked us to shoulder the responsibility. We are putting extra labour for the match given moist in weather and drizzle since a week”, Pandit added.

Hundred staffers have been deputed to cover the ground in case of rain. Besides, we have machinery to dry the field and drain out water from the ground,” the MPCA CEO informed.