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Wankhede fears largely unfounded

With a strong political leadership in place at the Mumbai Cricket Association, fears of the newly-renovated Wankhede Stadium being given the red signal by various government offices, like the fire brigade, are largely unfounded.

cricket Updated: Feb 20, 2011 23:58 IST
HT Correspondent

With a strong political leadership in place at the Mumbai Cricket Association, fears of the newly-renovated Wankhede Stadium being given the red signal by various government offices, like the fire brigade, are largely unfounded. The only concern is about fighting mother nature. From the first look of the refurbished stadium that the media got on Sunday, it appeared that the challenge for the MCA officials ahead of hosting their first World Cup game on March 13 will be to get the outfield ready in time.

The outfield had large brown patches in the radius of three to five yards all around the boundary line.

However, President Sharad Pawar and other MCA officials expressed confidence that the outfield will be all lush green, well in time for the first game.

"In the next three to four days the boundary area will also be as green as the centre area. We have some great cricketers who are looking after the preparation of the ground and the wicket," said MCA treasurer, Ratnakar Shetty.