Fishing nets used to stop fan missiles hitting ground

Published: Friday, November 15, 2002, 20:01 [IST]
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Baroda: Organisers of Friday's One-day match between India and the West Indies here have hung fishing nets around the ground to prevent fans from injuring players, officials said.

The first three One-dayers in the seven-match series have been marred by unruly spectators throwing missiles, including plastic water bottles at the players. The Baroda Cricket Association officials, worried that similar incidents may deny them international matches in future, decided to put fishing nets between the stands and the playing field. Except the main pavilion and the media centre, the rest of the 22,000-capacity Indian Petro Chemicals Limited (IPCL) ground here has been ringed by the nets, organiser G M Oza said. "It may not be the most beautiful sight in the world, but it will work," Oza said. Local officials said they had tested the effectiveness of the nets by throwing bottles, food packets and stones at them. "I am satisfied that no missile will penetrate the nets," Oza said. Some 26 closed-circuit cameras have also been installed at strategic points inside the stadium to identify hooligans. "Spectators will not be allowed to carry mobile phones, pagers, transistors, matches, lighters, bottles, water bags or any kind of metallic containers inside the stands," an official said. The extra precautions will bring cheer to the West Indian camp, which is worried about the security of the players.

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