Kochi ODI will be a day match on April 6

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kochi:The India-England One-day international cricket match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium here on April 6 will be a day-match.

''The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) had asked BCCI for a day-night match but it has been decided to play a day-match only,'' Former BCCI secretary and KCA president S K Nair said here today after the Associations meeting.

He said the Association wanted to stage the ODI as a day-night match in view of the scorching summer heat and humid conditions during that month.

The BCCI team, which had visited the stadium earlier this month, had expressed reservations over the lighting facilities. They had said that the Board could not take any chance since the 'infrastructurefor lights in the stadium was not up to the mark.

As the stadium was a multi-purpose stadium, Mr Nair said it was difficult to refocus the lights every time matches were held here.

''A permanent solution for the lighting arrangements can be brought in only if the Association gets the stadium exclusively for itself for a long period,'' he said and added that the Association had held talks with the concerned authorities in this regard.

Informing that all the arrangements for the match were underway, Mr Nair said the pitch preparation was under the guidance of the curator Kasturirangan. The outfield was also being prepared, he added.

The ticket rates would be the same as that for the previous match and would be issued by the third week of March, he said and added that it had been exempted from entertainment tax.

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