Inspection team concerned over Green Park ground

Published: Monday, January 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kanpur:Two-member security assessment team of the Pakistan Cricket Board today expressed "concerns" over the condition of certain areas of the Green Park stadium that will host a one-day international match of the upcoming series.

The PCB team, comprising the Board's General Manager-Operations, Zakir Khan, and Special Superintendent of Police Sohail Khan, inspected the stadium including the galleries and the dressing rooms.

After inspection, Zakir Khan said the team was concerned with the damaged conditions of student and public galleries and also the boundary walls.

Zakir said the responsibility of the smooth conduct of the match was with the "local dministration".

"It is the responsibility of the local administration to ensure that no untoward incident happened. If any thing happens, people maybe injured or other incidents could take place," Zakir said.

The PCB officials, on a week-long tour to assess the venues and the security measures for the three-Test and five-ODI series beginning on February 25, were accompanied by BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla and Treasurer Jyoti Bajpayee.

Officials of the district administration and the stadium were also present. Shukla, also a Member of Parliament, urged the state government to speed up the repair work of the damaged sections of the stadium and complete the job in time.

He said the BCCI and the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association would extend full support in the hosting of the match but the stadium was to be looked after by the state government.

Bajpayee said though the visiting delegates had expressed concerns over the damaged portions, they were satisfied with the overall arrangements.

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