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When Greg provided water to thirsty spectators

Chappell's fine gesture was like a rare nugget during the chaotic arrangements in and outside the Arbab Niaz stadium.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 14:04 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Indian team coach Greg Chappell's humane side stood out during the first India-PakistanODI in Peshawar when the Australian provided water to thirsty spectators at the Arbab Niaz Stadium.

As more and more murky details of the mismanagement during the match are revealed, Chappell's fine gesture was like a rare nugget during the chaotic arrangements in and outside the stadium.

There was such a chaos that security agencies closed the gates of the stadium, leaving many genuine ticket holders stranded outside. This also stopped the supply inside the stadium of essential commodities like water for spectators.

Sohail Khan, a senior superintendent of police with Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency, disclosed that Chappell gave water to the thirsty spectators at the stadium.

"When Chappell saw the thirsty spectators sitting in the VIP enclosure just below the Indian team's dressing room, he dropped mineral water bottles for them," Khan, who is travelling with the Indian team as its security in-charge, told.

The stadium was overflowing as local policemen chose to take seats reserved for spectators instead of helping maintain law and order.

A special spectator from Oman

The ongoing India-Pakistan one-day international series seems to be attracting cricket fans from far and wide. An ardent fan is Kanak G. Khimji of the Sultanate of Oman.

A friend of the Indian team's manager, Raj Singh Dungarpur, Khimji is of Indian descent but was born and brought up in Oman. He is now settled in Muscat and has a trading business that was started by his forefathers in 1870.

Khimji, accompanied by his wife, watched the firstODI in Peshawar and is now in Islamabad for the second match to be held Saturday in the twin city of Rawalpindi.

For Khimji, too, the Peshawar experience is something that he would not like to remember as utter chaos prevailed in the pavilion enclosure in which he had a seat.

"It was total chaos. Although I managed to come inside the stadium, I had four tickets in my pocket which I could not give to my friends," Khimji told.

Chappell's wife enjoying herself

Indian team coach Greg Chappell's wife, Judy, says she is enjoying her maiden trip to Pakistan. As she got ready to leave for the Australian high commissioner's residence Wednesday evening, she looked relaxed and cheerful.

"I have very much enjoyed my first trip to Pakistan so far," Judy told as she joined her husband, along with the Indian team's physiotherapist John Gloster and sports scientist Ian Frazer for dinner - both Australians.

Another Australian, Indian team's trainer Greg King, was also invited for the dinner, but he could not make it for some reason.

Judy said that she could not accompany Chappell when he visited Pakistan as a player in 1980s as she was pregnant with her third child. Later, she had planned to visit Pakistan with Chappell who was to have his second stint as a visiting coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore last year.

But that trip never materialised as Chappell was appointed the Indian team's coach in May last year, she pointed out with a smile.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 14:02 IST