Kanpur fate to be decided tomorrow

Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2003, 1:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: The ground and wickets committee (GWC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to take a decision on choosing Kanpur as the Test venue for the upcoming New Zealand series, when it meets under new chairman Venkat Sundaram here on Tuesday.

The meeting is also slated to discuss plans for the coming cricket season, BCCI sources said. Mohali and Kanpur were originally scheduled to host the two Tests against the Kiwis, but doubts have been raised with regard to the latter after reports that the re-laid pitch might not be ready in time. Kanpur's Green Park Stadium was one of the venues chosen by the BCCI to re-lay the pitch as part of its bid to prepare fast, bouncy tracks in India, in consultation with the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute.

However, doubts on the stadium's capability to hold the Test were raised after BCCI joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai said mid- July that the newly re-laid pitch was very damp owing to heavy rainfall and unlikely to be readied in time for the Test match. But the Uttar Pradesh government recently claimed that the ground was ready and the Test match could be held there. Sundaram, a former Delhi skipper, was appointed chairman of the GWC after Kasturi Rangan resigned from the post on health grounds. Other members of the committee are Daljit Singh, Dheeraj Parsana, Anand Shukla and Prabir Mukherjee.

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