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GCA delighted after good turnout

Around 40,000 spectators came to witness the day-night match between India and Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2005 13:25 IST

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Sunday expressed satisfaction over the good turnout at the fifth one-day international here after initial dip in the sale of tickets had worried them.

"We knew the stadium was going to be full. People of Ahmedabad are very fond of cricket and they like watching the match from the stands," said president Narhari Amin.

Around 40,000 spectators came to witness the day-night match, another GCA official said.

Not even 50 percent of the tickets with higher rates were sold till Saturday morning, although the lower stand tickets were sold out within two days after the counter was opened on October 28.

"But finally things were on track," he said.

With the lower stand packed, the newly constructed north stand - the GMDC pavilion - also witnessed a full house. The west stand and the Adani pavilion also saw more than 80 percent seats occupied.

People started flocking in the stadium since noon.

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No food packets, tiffins inside please!

As part of the security measures, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) prohibited the spectators to enter with any items during the fifth ODI match between India and Sri Lanka here Sunday.

The security guards didn't allow entry with any object that can be thrown in the ground whether it was a lunch box or a transistor radio.

One Vikas Patel was stopped by the security at the main gate while he was carrying a transistor.

"Even in the Caribbean people listen to radio commentary while watching a match in the stadium. I do not know why they have such an objection. I am not going to throw it on the players or on any spectator," Patel, expressing his anguish, said.

He was forced to leave his transistor outside the stadium.

Ajay Tomar, additional director general of police, had issued a public warning earlier through the media against bringing any object that can be thrown in the ground.

The GCA, moreover, put up banners all across the stadium galleries appealing not to bring objects like food packets, transistor radio, bottles, mirrors etc.

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Paint a tricolour for Team India

All along the road approaching the Motera stadium, the venue of India-Sri Lanka tie, men were seen standing with water colours ready to paint a tri-colour on your face.

The painters offered their special effort for Rs 10.

They took their positions on the roadside from the end of Chimanbhai Patel overbridge, around three kilometers away from the stadium even before spectators started coming in the morning.

And there were people, mostly youngsters, who enthusiastically came forward to get their faces painted.

Others preferred small streaks on cheeks.

First Published: Nov 07, 2005 13:03 IST