NZ police to survey security at Motera Stadium

Published: Friday, August 15, 2003, 0:03 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: A high-level security team from New Zealand would visit Gujarat to review security and other arrangements being made for the Test match between New Zealand and India in Motera Stadium in October, senior official of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) said here on Thursday.

"This would be the first Test match between the two top cricketing nations that would be played in Gujarat and the GCA is not taking any chances with arrangements," the official said. GCA president Narhari Amin told that the visit of the police team from New Zealand was not on account of communal tension after the post-Godhra riots or any terrorist threat but a standard procedure followed by officials of that nation.

"Police and security team would want detailed information pertaining to security arrangements made by state government and the GCA. They would want to know where their players would be staying and security arrangements made there as well as the routes leading to the stadium and other related details," Amin said. Amin said security and accommodations for foreign fans coming to watch the five-day match would also be supervised by the visiting team and they would be given a detailed map. Meanwhile, the GCA has brushed aside hurdles caused by the recent fire that damaged portions of the scoreboard inside the stadium and is speedily moving towards completing its work.

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