Security beefed up for Ahmedabad Test match

Published: Monday, September 29, 2003, 20:55 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: All set to host the first Test match between India and New Zealand, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Monday said it has ensured adequate security arrangements at Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera, on the city outskirts.

"The GCA members had a meeting with top police officials to review the law and order arrangements at the stadium. Nearly 600 policemen will be deployed during the match from October 8 to October 12," GCA president, Narhari Amin said. He said Yellow Security Guards from Mumbai would also be roped in for the smooth functioning of the match. Former Indian cricketer and coach Anshuman Gaekwad was also present at the conference. To a question, Amin said, "The wicket has been so prepared that the cricket-crazy people here feast on an exciting match, where the team performing the best will win."

The Kiwis arrive here on October 5, after playing a three-day match in Rajkot while the hosts will arrive on October 6 evening, the GCA president added. To a question, the GCA, however, said it was too early to say whom the wicket would favour-- the pacers or spinners but the pitch curator Nadeem Memon said spinners like Harbhajan would start extracting bounce from the very second day itself. "I promise that it would be the most memorable match," Nadeem added.

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