As the Test series enters an interesting phase with a 1-1 situation, interest in the India-England series has peaked.
Hon of the Maharashtra Cricket Association. President Vikas Kakatkar informed that MCA’s Gahunje Stadium is ready for the three ODIs expected to be held there. The three day-night matches will be played on March 23 (Tuesday), March 26 (Friday) and March 28 (Sunday) respectively.
All preparations are in full swing, with the wickets and outer fields being prepared to the usual high standards.
To review the security arrangements and the stadium, Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash visited the stadium last week.
Alok Kumar, Zonal Operations Director, BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), also visited and inspected the site security plan, as well as BCCI Forward Head Director, Mr. Prashanat Bisht, as well as representatives from STAR SPORTS visited to inspect and verify the stadium’s broadcast facilities, MCA said.
Bids for in-stadia rights were also received and opened in the recently concluded Supreme Council meeting, bringing in a record sum of Rs. 3.3 crore per game, once again confirming the huge interest for the series, officials said.
As three matches are scheduled, with back-to-back matches, the stadium’s three main wickets will find excellent use, with each match being played at a new wicket, MCA officials said.
The final decision on the extent to which the public will be allowed to participate in matches is expected to be made in early March, after which ticket prices and capacities will be announced in accordance with state governments’ decisions in this regard, MCA says. .
There were also discussions that one of the matches (last match on the 28th) could be moved to Mumbai, to facilitate the team’s departure from Mumbai to the UK, but the final decision at this regard is expected, officials said.
In the meantime, the association spares no effort to provide the best facilities in terms of ticket counters, arrangements for spectators, as well as to make and monitor all the final announcements that the state government will make in this regard in regarding the use of stadium capacity and other safety and security measures.