Kanpur, Dec 11: A five-member delegation from Cricket Australia (CA) will inspect the Green Park stadium here on Wednesday to assess the playing conditions and security arrangements ahead of Australia's tour to India early next year.
The delegation will reach the stadium in the afternoon and meet the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) administrators as well as the senior city police officials, who will brief them about security arrangements and facilities available at the stadium and the team hotel including the route of the bus carrying the Australian players.
The Green Park will play host to the third Test match between the two countries from March 14-18. Earlier this month, a two-member delegation of the BCCI had inspected the stadium and expressed their displeasure over the slow progress of renovation work at the ground.
BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty and Suru Nayak, cricket operations manager, had set the January 2013 deadline for the UPCA to complete the work or else lose its right to host the third Test. Shetty was clearly unhappy with the players' dressing room and dining hall, which are in a dilapidated state and also discussed issues related to accommodation of match officials. There were also concerns related to the renovation of the pavilion block and spectators stands while a heap of debris could be seen lying unattended outside the stadium.
The UPCA officials, however, have had managed to convince the two senior BCCI officials that the work would be completed before the first week of January. UPCA's general manager Rohit Talwar has expressed hope that the Australian delegation will return satisfied with the security arrangements. "We are keeping our fingers crossed. The UPCA has left no stone unturned in ensuring the best possible security arrangements for the visiting Australian team as well the facilities available at the stadium and team hotel. We are hopeful of getting the clearance from them," Talwar told PTI.
Meanwhile, the vice president and general manager of Hotel Landmark, where both the teams would be staying, Vinay Dheer also told PTI that the hotel has been completely renovated to welcome the visitors. "We are very much confident that the Australian delegation will return happy from here. It's the only five-star hotel in the city equipped with all the facilities," he said.
UPCA last played host to a Test match in November 2009 between India and Sri Lanka. The second ODI during South Africa's tour on February 24, 2010 had been shifted to Gwalior after it was reported that a section of the stadium, allotted for students, was not in a good condition.
If that humiliation was not enough, the second Test between India and New Zealand from November 12 to 16, 2010 had also been shifted to Hyderabad due to the ongoing construction work.