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Nehru stadium given face-lift for Aus-NZ tie

The Nehru stadium, venue for the Nov 9 encounter between Australia and New Zealand, is being given a face-lift for the crucial tie.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 19:04 IST

The Nehru stadium, venue for the November nine encounter between Australia and New Zealand in the ongoing tri-series one-day international, is being given a face-lift for the crucial tie.

"The stadium is being given a face-lift for the benefit of both the players and spectators for the important match", Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Bikash Barua said.

The gallaries were improved and players accomodation and the press box is being specially looked after to fulfill all international norms, Barua said.

The authorities here are taking extra precaution and leaving nothing to chance particularly after an incident when renowned cricket commentator had come to inspect the ground some time back and written that the stadium had several shortcomings and fall below international standards.

The pitch is particularly being looked after and promising to be high scoring, the secretary said.

On earlier occasion the pitch at the Nehru stadium had tended to become slow as the game progressed and sometimes was difficult for the batsman.

The ACA official said this time the trend may be different as although the pitch may favour the seamers at the initial stages, with morning dew remaining till late during the course of the day it would be good for batting. More

Curator Sunil Baruah said barring overcase condition early in the morning it will generally help the batsmen with the track turning slowly at the closing stages.

Meanwhile, both the teams are expected in the city on November seven and there is a possibility that they may practice for a shortwhile on that day.

The interest for the match has gone up after the last thrilling encounter between the two countries at Pune and the organisers are hoping for good sale in the 25,000-capacity stadium for the Sunday match.

English umpire David Shepherd, who would be officiating from one end, was orignally scheduled to arrive here on Tuesday but now would be coming on November seven, he informed.

The two teams would be checked up at two separate hotels in the city alongwith match referee Ranjan Madugalle who was also expected to check in on November seven.

First Published: Nov 04, 2003 19:04 IST