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India, Aus ODI teams to arrive in Kochi tomorrow

cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2010 22:47 IST

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After pocketing Tests 2-0, Indian cricketers will arrive in Kochi tomorrow for their first ODI of the series against Australia on October 17, looking to demolish the visitors even in the limited over game.

Both the teams, without some of their key players, will arrive from Bangalore, where India registered a 7-wicket win over Australia in the second Test today, at 1:30 pm by a chartered flight, Kerala Cricket Association secretary T C Mathew told reporters here.

India will be without the services of Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir during the three-match ODI series, while Australia will play in absence of Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson.

On October 15 and October 16 afternoons the Australian team would be practicing at the nets, Mathew said adding that Indian team's practice sessions have not yet been confirmed.

He said the pitch condition is satisfactory and "absolutely okay", but the outfield preparations had been delayed as it was soggy due to the rains.

Two super soppers were brought from Chennai yesterday.

The stadium grounds would be jacketed with plastic covers, which would arrive from Chennai tomorrow, he said.

The spectators have been asked not to make any anti-racist remarks or display provocative placards.

The stadium would be all blue as spectators in the ground would be wearing blue T-shirt. This is the first time when all spectators at a stadium during a cricket match would be wearing the same colour, Mathew said.

Only licensed caterers would be supplying food at the stadium during the match. A Food Safety Commissioner's help has been sought as food inspectors would check the quality of food being served.

During the last ODI at the stadium, there was criticism that the food served was below standards.

On the ticket sales, Mathew noted that the revenue from ticket sales was Rs one crore.