Gujarat Cricket Association hails PCB~~s decision

Published: Friday, February 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) president Narhari Amin on Friday expressed happiness over Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB)decision to play a One-day International match at Ahmedabad.

"The decision of PCB to play in Ahmedabad is good for cricket lovers and the city in general," Amin said.

He said GCA was thankful to the PCB for its positive response.

"It seems PCB is more comfortable playing a One-dayer at Ahmedabad instead of the Test match as the team will have to arrive in the city just a day before the match, unlike the six days they would have spend if they were to play a Test match," Amin said.

"GCA will make all possible arrangements for the Pakistan team and visitors from that country with regard to their travel and stay here," he said.

"All request from the PCB will be taken care of and they won't have a chance to complain," he said.

"The Sadar Patel stadium at Motera has a seating capacity of 55,000 people and we will ensure foolproof security arrangements for the match," Amin said.

Talking further about the security arrangements that will be made for the One-dayer, he said, apart from senior police officials, black cat commandos and state reserve police officials who will be deployed around the stadium,yellow security guards will specially be hired from Mumbai to check the tickets.

"We are not going to permit water bottles or any such items in the stadium which could be thrown on to the playing field," the GCA president said.

When asked as to why Pakistan had declined to play a Test match but agreed to play a One-dayer if security was an issue, Amin said: "it could be a response to India's decision of refusing to play Test matches at Karachi and Peshawar when it toured Pakistan last year."

"However, BCCI had refused to play in Karachi because of the bomb blasts in the city which occurred immediately before the tour, while riots in Gujarat happened three years ago," he added.

Pakistan had last played a Test match at Ahmedabad in 1987 during which crowd trouble had been reported.

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