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Cricket stadium awaits ICC inspection

noida Updated: Mar 20, 2016 01:33 IST
Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times

The stadium is spread over an area of 39 acres and is located next to Jaypee Resort.(HT File Photo)

The newly-built Greater Noida cricket stadium is being prepared for an inspection by International Cricket Council (ICC) panel and a one-day tournament between the women’s teams of England and the Indian Railways on March 29.

“Hosting the cricket match between England and the Indian Railways women’s teams is a big achievement for our stadium. What is more encouraging is that the ICC panel is expected to award the ground an international cricket stadium status after the inspection,” said Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Greater Noida authority.

Officials said the ICC has confirmed that a panel will inspect the stadium.

“The ICC management has communicated to us that a panel will visit either in March or by April 3, after the ICC T-20 Cricket World Cup is over. The panel will then spare time for inspecting our stadium,” said Agarwal.

ICC officials visited the stadium in October 2015 and suggested some modifications to be made to the ground so that it can be of international standard, officials from the Greater Noida authority said.

“They had asked for some modifications, including an expansion of the dressing room, audience sitting area and space for the broadcasting teams. We have made all these changes. I hope the ICC will now allow the stadium to host international cricket matches,” said Agarwal.

Officials said they have done away with a hall located next to the dressing room to create more space for the players.

“We have also made changes in the dressing room area to ensure better safety and privacy for the cricketers. We have made all small and big changes suggested to us,” said Agarwal.

The stadium, spread over an area of 39 acres, is located next to Jaypee Resort. The ground has already hosted a Ranji match between Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara this month.

On October 21, 2015, Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden and Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla visited the stadium.

According to the authority, Shukla assured the authorities that he will support them in hosting national and international Cricket events. On November 27, 2015, Mahender Singh Dhoni also visited the stadium.