Cricketers start arriving for practice matches

Published: Thursday, September 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: As the 'rolling camp' drew to a close in Bangalore, the Indian cricket bandwagon started rolling into this megapolis with the players arriving in batches for the two practice matches.

The Indian team would play the matches tomorrow and the day after at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here to 'fine tune' themselves for the DLF Cup tri-series against Australia and West Indies in Malaysia to be held from September 12.

Dashing wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the first to land in the city. He flew down from Mumbai and drove straight to the Taj Connemara hotel and was later joined by speedsters Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel, who also came from Mumbai.

The rest of the team members are expected to arrive here by this evening after the conclusion of the camp in Bangalore.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) Secretary C R Vijayaraghavan told UNI that it was a decision was still to be taken on whether to play the matches during the day or make them a day-night affair.

''It will be decided after the arrival of the Coach Greg Chappell and skipper Rahul Dravid. We are prepared to host both (day and day/ night)'', he added.

The team is scheduled to leave for Kuala Lumpur on September 10.

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