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Cricket keeps Jyotiraditya Scindia busy


Gwalior : Jyotiraditya Scindia, the scion of Gwalior’s erstwhile ruling family, says he won’t be satisfied until he has made sure that everything is perfect before the fourth one-day international between India and Pakistan Thursday.

The Congress MP, who is also the president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), is busy doing the rounds of the Captain Roop Singh Stadium here to check out the preparations for the day-night encounter.

Jyotiraditya succeeded his father late Madhavrao Scindia as the MPCA president and has been actively involved in the development of the sport in the state.


Scoreboard or calculator

In an attempt to give the Captain Roop Singh Stadium a facelift, the scoreboard has been given the look of a calculator.

The scoreboard is still operated manually but plain numbers have made way for digits, similar to the figure seen on calculator screens.

Not satisfied with that, the Gwalior Division Cricket Association (GDCA), which manages the stadium, is contemplating cutting the grass on the outfield in different patterns for Thursday’s day-night encounter.


Scindia School band to play during ODI

The Scindia School brass band will be performing Thursday during the fourth ODI between India and Pakistan.

Regulars at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, the band from the school that is more than 100 years old had a dress rehearsal at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium Wednesday.

Now the band appears ready to entertain the spectators during breaks in action, something akin to the Calypso bands seen on Caribbean grounds.


Heavy police deployment

Over 2,000 police officials will be on duty when neighbours and arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash in the fourth ODI at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium here Thursday.

The stadium can seat 27,000 spectators and with a full house expected for the day-night encounter, security officials are not taking any chances. Ticket holders have already been warned that items like radios, lunch boxes, plastic bottles, mirrors, polythene bags and video cameras will not be permitted inside the stadium.