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Tight security for Gwalior ODI, preparations on war-footing

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net

Bhopal: With India taking 2-1 lead against Pakistan in the ongoing One Day International (ODI) cricket series after the former emerged victorious today at Kanpur by 46 runs, the focus now turns to Gwalior where the fourth ODI is to be played there on November 15.

Preparations are continuing on a war-footing for hosting the day-night 4th ODI between India and Pakistan in the Roop Singh Stadium of Gwalior where tight security arrangements are being made for the day.

According to Gwalior Division Cricket Association secretary Nirbhay Bakliwal the sale of the tickets started from today and it would continue till November 14 at four places through the Union Bank of India. The teams of India and Pakistan would reach Gwalior on November 13 and practice on November 14 at the stadium.

A total of 2600 security personnel would keep watch on the day of the match for the security inside the stadium. Nobody would be allowed to take water-bottle, radio, camera, big balls etc.

Bakliwal said on telephone that arrangements for the telecast of the match have been made at five places and 17 close circuit cameras are being installed at the gate. Eleven close circuit cameras have been installed inside the stadium.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also reviewed the preparations on Wednesday. Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) president and Guna Member of Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia and administrative officers were also present.

The Chief Minister ordered the officers not to allow spectators more than the capacity of the stadium and strictly check the illegal sale of tickets. He also ordered the officers of electricity board to see that no power-cut takes place during the match.

According to member of BCCI wicket and ground committee Dheeraj Parsana there is good preparation of the wicket and outfield for the ODI cricket match. Infrastructure of the stadium is also very good, he added.

Satisfied with the wicket and outfield, Parsana said that a good one-day match would be watched due to batting wicket and minimum 270 runs would be scored.

Parsana also gave some tips to the pitch curator Samandar Singh and assistant pitch curator Ajay Sahashtrabuddhe of the MPCA about the wicket. ([email protected])