BCCI unhappy with Green Park's preparation for Ind-Aus Test


City's Green Park stadium could lose its right to host the third Test between India and Australia, starting March 14 next year as the BCCI is unhappy with the slow progress of the renovation work at the ground and has set a January 2013 deadline for the UPCA to complete the work.

BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty and Suru Nayak, cricket operations manager, today inspected the Green Park stadium and expressed their displeasure over the tardy nature of work being done by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA).

The UPCA officials, however, have managed to convince the two senior BCCI officials and assured them that the ongoing work would be completed before the first week of January.

The BCCI delegation was received by UPCA's general manager Rohit Talwar and Anil Banodha, the deputy director of UP Sports Department.

In his meeting with the two UPCA officials, Shetty cited a previous instance where the UPCA had informed the BCCI about their reluctance to host a game involving India as the spectators' stand was not constructed on time.

Shetty said that UPCA has to take a final stand on the issue of construction of its own stadium and give a written submission to the cricket board in the month of January that they have completed the renovation work at the ground and are ready to host the third Test between India and Australia.

Shetty, during his inspection of the stadium, was clearly unhappy with the players' dressing room and dining hall, which are in a dilapidated state and also discussed issues related to accommodation of match officials.

There were also concerns related to the renovation of the pavilion block and spectators stands while a heap of debris could be seen lying unattended outside the stadium.

Shetty said that another delegation of the BCCI will visit the city on January 9 and 10 to inspect the ongoing renovation work and a decision to allot the match to Kanpur or any other state would be taken after the two-day tour.

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