Aussies express concern over security arrangements

Published: Sunday, August 17, 2003, 0:20 [IST]
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Mumbai: All the centres hosting the New Zealand matches (two-Test series) and Australia (during the triangular series) for the forthcoming home series from September 23 to November 18 have been asked to spruce-up their respective venues by September 15. "We have instructed all the centres hosting the matches to give proper face lift to their respective grounds by September 15 for the important two-match Test series against the Kiwis (September 23 to October 20) and later for the triangular series, with Australia as the third team, from October 23 to November 18," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary S K Nair told from Thiruvananthapuram.

"The three-men delegation from Australia - former spinner and Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) chief executive Tim May, Cricket Australia (CA) general manager (Operations) Michael Brown and Aussie team manager Steve Bernard -- have inspected four of the ten One-day centres and expressed concern over security arrangements during and after the matches for the teams, Nair said.

"However, after I assured them of strict security in all the centres, which would be to International Cricket Council's (ICC) requirements, they expressed satisfaction. I personally asked some of the other centres, including the Nehru Stadium in Pune, to improve the ground facilities and give a face-lift to the players dressing rooms before September 15," he added. The finance committee and the working committee of the Board would meet at Chennai on August 20 and 21, Nair added.

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