We are ready to host third Test: Bajpai

Published: Saturday, December 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kanpur:Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association Director Jyoti Bajpai today said the UPCA was keen to host the third cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka to be played from December 18 if they get the Green Park ground in time for preparation.

"The international referee who had visited the Green Park was not satisfied with the outfield of the ground. We are still ready to host the Test if given the ground in time,"Bajpai told reporters here today.

He also said the UPCA was keeping the arrangements ready for holding the Test as printing of entry tickets was in progress and 60 rooms for the two teams and officials had already been booked.

The Tours and Programme committee of the BCCI would meet tomorrow to take decision regarding shifting the match from Kanpur as the UPCA had intimated BCCI that it was still to be handed over the ground.

"The Green Park stadium, which was earlier handed over to UPCA a month ahead for preparation of matches, has not been given to us so far," he said.

Bajpai said the UPCA had not received any reply from the state government about allotment of the stadium and according to his information the ground had been allotted to another party for holding some tournament.

He said the UPCA had also not received any notice from district administration of payment of any dues about hosting the One-dayer between India and Pakistan in April.

Bajpai said the UPCA had been hosting international matches at Green Park Stadium for over five decades and has also played vital role in keeping it in proper shape.

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