MPCA prepares for maiden Test match

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Pradesh Cricket Association is going ahead with its preparations for hosting the match at Holkar stadium.
“So far test is on and both the teams will land in city on Wednesday evening to play third and final test of three-match Paytm Series. “We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations.” MPCA secretary Milind Kanmadikar told Hindustan Times.
Doubts had risen over the test match after the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee had stopped disbursement of large sums of money to various state units by BCCI after it decided on this course of action at a working committee meeting on September 30.
“All preparations for third test is going on a war footing,” MPCA top official said, describing the cricket association’s efforts to host Indore’s maiden test match at Holkar stadium from October 8 and 12.
In the morning, association chief executive officer (CEO) Rohit Pandit told the media, in response to a query regarding the BCCI’s threat to call off India-New Zealand series, that MPCA got information about it from media reports. “But we cannot act on the basis of such reports. We are going ahead with the schedule. We are putting extra labour for the match, given the moisture in air and drizzle since a week. Hundred staffers have been deputed to cover the ground in case of rain. Besides, we have three supersoppers to dry the field and drain out water,” he said
Ticket booking continue on Tuesday
With 20 to 30 percent season tickets left unsold on Monday, MPCA sold tickets on Tuesday. On any decision on issuance of daily tickets, MPCA secretary Milind Kanmadikar said a decision will be taken only after a meeting soon.
With Team India and New Zealand set to land on Wednesday, police is gearing up for the match. One of the senior police officer on condition of anonymity claimed that sufficient force will be deployed inside the around the stadium ahead and during test match.
Clearing the air
Justice RM Lodha said it had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to disburse funds to the state associations and the Board was otherwise free to use its funds for routine expenditure
“It is unfortunate that the directions/contents of the e-mail have been misinterpreted, as is evident from the press reports to state that the present India-New Zealand series is at stake,” the Lodha panel said.