Indian, Pak teams to arrive on Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Cricket fever is reaching a high in the city with the Indian and Pakistan teams scheduled to arrive tomorrow for the November 13 One-dayer at the Eden Gardens, staged as a part of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

While the Indian players would assemble from various parts of the country by the evening, the Pak cricketers are scheduled to land at 2200 hours by an Indian Airlines flight at the NSC Bose International airport.

Massive security arrangements have been made at the airport, the city, the team hotel as also Eden Gardens for the two teams, especially the visiting side.

Police commandos, RAF, armed forces personnel, detectives and plainclothesmen would be deployed to provide fool-proof security to the two sides, especially the 15-member Pakistan squad led by Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The police were not taking any chances in view of the untoward incident during the February, 1999, Asian Test championship match between the two sides at the Eden, when a section of the crowd got restive and threw missiles on the ground to express their displeasure over a run out decision against batting genius Sachin Tendulkar.

The match could be concluded only after the police swung into action and emptied the gallery.

Meanwhile, the stadium, which also houses the headquarters of the Cricket Association of Bengal, was being spruced up for the big event.

The galleries were being given a coat of paint and the gardeners busy in preparing the 22 yard strip for the day-night encounter.

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