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Peaceful match brings relief

THE CRICKET lovers of the City had their cricket appetite satiated today as they witnessed an exciting cricket match between India and England, and adding to their joy was that it resulted in an Indian victory.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 13:19 IST

THE CRICKET lovers of the City had their cricket appetite satiated today as they witnessed an exciting cricket match between India and England, and adding to their joy was that it resulted in an Indian victory.

The match at the Usha Raje Stadium went off smoothly much to the relief of the district administration who had taken extra precautions after the incidents of crowd trouble at Faridabad and Guwahati. There were reasons to be apprehensive since this was the first time that the brand new Usha Raje Stadium was hosting an international level, and the City was witnessing an international match after five long years.

There were fears that too many people would come to watch the match and there would be long queues outside the stadium leading to problems. However, thanks to the spirit of the people of Indore, they lined up since early in the morning and most of them were inside the stadium before 9 am. Though there was strict checking at the gates, and tough security around the stadium, no one complained and took it gamely. The crowd spirit was excellent and both the teams were cheered lustily when they played good cricket.

The pitch too played true and the nightmare of the abandoned match at the Nehru Stadium on Christmas Day 1997 due to an under-prepared wicket was not repeated. In fact, the quality of the pitch which had something for the bowlers also, came in for fulsome praise by the commentators.

A much-relieved Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Jagdale said after the match, “I thank the people of Indore for the discipline they maintained before and during the match and the success should go to them.”

He had words of praise for Indore District Collector Vivek Aggarwal and SP Adarsh Katiyar and said it was due to their active cooperation since the last two months that everything went off smoothly. He added that the volunteers who worked around the clock and also during the match in the stands smoothened whatever little problems there were.

He said it was too early to think of holding a second match in the stadium but said the success of the first match had paved way for regular matches in future. The BCCI observer and other officials had given full marks for the arrangements made in all the stands, including those for the media. There were no complaints from any quarters, an elated Jagdale said.

He also congratulated curator Samunder Singh Chouhan for preparing batting friendly wicket that saw the Indians chasing 290 to win the match.

That the match went off smoothly is good news, but what is better news is that after the stadium is complete the capacity would be doubled and many more people of the City and the neighbouring areas would be able to enjoy international cricket.

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 13:19 IST