Sharda Ugra at the 2011 World Cup March 24, 2011

Motera, trapped in a time warp

If the World Cup is to be a roll call of some of India's leading venues across the country, then the ones lurking at the bottom of the pile should be Delhi (for administrative inefficiency) and Ahmedabad for a startling shabbiness
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If the World Cup is to be a roll call of some of India's leading venues across the country, then the ones lurking at the bottom of the pile should be Delhi (for administrative inefficiency) and Ahmedabad for a startling shabbiness. Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla has been remodelled, but its governors have stayed the same. It is Ahmedabad which is a mystery.

When the 1987 World Cup came to Motera, with an India-Australia game, crowds walked in carrying picnic baskets of food and spent the day munching through a hamper of goodies, which beat the quality and quantity of everything on offer. Motera was still a village with a cricket ground plonked in it. Its surroundings have gone from being fields, farmlands and mud houses to concrete low-rise homes, shops and a south-north access road. Over the last two decades, the stadium has made additions to its stands and is now entirely covered. In the city that has one of India's few drive-in cinemas still working, a big cricket match is still treated like Friday night at the movies. Everybody wants to make the only show on the solitary day. Two days before the World Cup, the ticket stands outside the Motera are not marked "Sold Out" but "House Full".

The world around it and the sport it celebrates has changed radically, but on the inside, the Sardar Patel Stadium has stayed trapped in a time warp. Let it be known however that players facilities are immaculate: the dressing rooms are huge, there are a handy bunch of nets on one side of the ground and teams get feted and looked after like State guests. For the public though, it has all been allowed to go into what appears to be a state of decay: corridors are musty, toilets are dirty, their powerful smell hangs around the staircases along with paan stains. There are cobwebs and trails of dirt running on walls, this even through the newer parts of the stadium. Special 'boxes' in one section of the ground were ready for the big day with a decor that could only be called grunge.

All of that could be window dressing but a section of the road being tarred and laid out just a day before the World Cup quarter-final is not. A two-kilometre queue of traffic three hours before the toss on single lane access to the stadium is not. Nor is the sight of people milling about dangerously in front of traffic prone to sudden acceleration at the sign of a turning or a gate, watched by indifferent cops who had thought nothing of organising a safe pathway for pedestrians. This was the city's biggest ODI in the last 15 years, surely the men behind Motera could have done better. They receive the BCCI's largesse in crores of rupees every year to update facilities and they have had three years to slap the ground into shape. The crowd atmosphere at the Sardar Patel Stadium was excellent and players won't complain. But Motera's fitness as a specator-friendly venue remains sorely suspect.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Maisum on April 1, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I was extremely enthusiastic about the quarters, reaching the stadium an hour before the toss only to see an extremely long queue to enter the west end. it took me one and a half hour of pushing, pulling and witnessing people getting the lathis before finally managing to get in. and once in, the cops at the lower stand close the gates sending everyone to the upper stand. you reach the upper stand to find the same scene. It took me more than half of australia's innings to finally get a seat and settle down. If it wasnt for seeing India beat the WC holders, I would have lost all interest. But does the audience deserve this treatment..??

  • GreatBrownOne on March 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    I agree with you Sandeep. The world deserves better. I'm an Indian living abroad. I absolutely love my country. Having said that, I can't believe that India, a country that gave the world the Bhagavad Gita (a manuscript on selfless action) is home to some of the most corrupt administrations in the world. The worst part is this corrupt and selfish behavior is manifested in all aspects of the Indian society (from a government clerk, to a police officer to a CEO).

    Guys, it's easy to ignore a problem thinking that it would fix itself. The pragmatic thing to do is to find a solution to this. If not, WHEN will this end?

  • Karthik on March 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Couldnt agree with you more. The Toilets wer fould and stinking. The caterer ran out of food by 5 PM and people started going to malls outside and bring food wasting 1 hour or more each time! Security was lax and there were more people in the lower pavilion that the number of tickets that were sold....all in all a very bad experience but the match....that was great

  • Big Wonder on March 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Every place has its positives and negatives, Motera looked wonderful from inside, the ground was green and well maintained. If the author was trying to be a tourist then he is in the wrong place as this was a cricket game and not a tourist location. Stop abusing Ahmedabad, we all understand that you are jealous of it in many ways.

  • shantanu on March 28, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Nce Article!!!lets stop becoming Hypocrites in the name of patriotism !!most of the iNdian Stadias miss the good facility fo rthe Spectators..Its "US" who make this game such big, but we are always ignored, Like, Auditors inspect the Corporates, these state and Indian Sports bodies should be inspected..We have both enough money and talent to build a nice Sports Infrastructure !!!

  • rahul on March 28, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    STADIUM CONDITIONS ARE BAD BUT I WOULD SAY PITCH CONDITIONS ARE VERY GOOD...TYPICAL SUBCONTINENT..AS WE GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY THEY OFFER THEIR HOME CONDITIONS FAIR ENOUGH..

  • Subhashish on March 28, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Kotla must rank as the bottom most for reasons over and above inefficiency. Every time I watch a match there, I'm reminded of unauthorized constructions in unauthorized colonies regularized at a later date. There's no part in the stands but for the first few rows of the first floor of that ugly hospitality stand on the south from where one can have more than 60% view of the ground. The new stands look haphazard and too vertical. Almost like apartment blocks. The beautiful mound stands on the east and west hills are cornered and screwed up by that hospitality stand which protrudes almost to the boundary ropes. The less said about the pitch the better it would be. Delhi Police still continues to manage its kins to the stands though post-IPL the instances of mounted police driving away valid ticket holders have reduced significantly.

  • Sandeep on March 27, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    I was at this game, and the journo is spot on with his comments. The Stadium is a mess, the organization is shameful and as far as the security goes, the cops were letting in people without tickets for as little as Rs.100.

    The stairs between seats were crammed with people who'd gotten in without legitimate tickets, or those who'd lost their seats to those without legitimate tickets.

    The refusal to allow people to carry drinking water purchased from the ICC 'approved' vendor into the stadium on a furiously hot and humid day was also ill-advised. Mobile phones were banned, yet there were still numerous people who'd snuck them in.

    It was an absolute shambles of an event from an organizational perspective. For those saying 'get over it, India won', I'm afraid that it's exactly this attitude that gives these administrators an out. It doesn't matter whether India wins or loses, what's also important is that the stadium experience is safe and hygienic.

    The Indian fan deserves better.

  • Underground on March 26, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    It is important for individuals to act responsibly to lift the nation as a whole. If a billion people each does one's share in non-littering, planting trees, conserving water and electricity, it will build up to an enormous lot. Of course, a good share of that will go into corrupt pockets, creating an unequal distribution, but that should not be a deterrent - altruism comes from having no incentive to earn credit or benefit for self, but for the society. As inspiration, look at the tv interview of the Egyptian woman sweeping her street willingly during the recent revolution just because it was her country.

  • Amit on March 26, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    i was there on match day... most corrupted stadium i ever seen... mobiles were not allowed but if u have 50 bugs, give it to cop n take ur mobile inside.. water bottle rs. 30 but not available n if u have 20rs more to pay, same bottle is available.... after lunch everything is allowed to take inside like food n mobile n water too... then y not they allow everything from starting.. people r inside from 11 a.m. they need water n food both... everyone cant pay 50 rs for a bottle.... free water was available there but just for 3 hrs... then what ?

  • Maisum on April 1, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I was extremely enthusiastic about the quarters, reaching the stadium an hour before the toss only to see an extremely long queue to enter the west end. it took me one and a half hour of pushing, pulling and witnessing people getting the lathis before finally managing to get in. and once in, the cops at the lower stand close the gates sending everyone to the upper stand. you reach the upper stand to find the same scene. It took me more than half of australia's innings to finally get a seat and settle down. If it wasnt for seeing India beat the WC holders, I would have lost all interest. But does the audience deserve this treatment..??

  • GreatBrownOne on March 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    I agree with you Sandeep. The world deserves better. I'm an Indian living abroad. I absolutely love my country. Having said that, I can't believe that India, a country that gave the world the Bhagavad Gita (a manuscript on selfless action) is home to some of the most corrupt administrations in the world. The worst part is this corrupt and selfish behavior is manifested in all aspects of the Indian society (from a government clerk, to a police officer to a CEO).

    Guys, it's easy to ignore a problem thinking that it would fix itself. The pragmatic thing to do is to find a solution to this. If not, WHEN will this end?

  • Karthik on March 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Couldnt agree with you more. The Toilets wer fould and stinking. The caterer ran out of food by 5 PM and people started going to malls outside and bring food wasting 1 hour or more each time! Security was lax and there were more people in the lower pavilion that the number of tickets that were sold....all in all a very bad experience but the match....that was great

  • Big Wonder on March 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Every place has its positives and negatives, Motera looked wonderful from inside, the ground was green and well maintained. If the author was trying to be a tourist then he is in the wrong place as this was a cricket game and not a tourist location. Stop abusing Ahmedabad, we all understand that you are jealous of it in many ways.

  • shantanu on March 28, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Nce Article!!!lets stop becoming Hypocrites in the name of patriotism !!most of the iNdian Stadias miss the good facility fo rthe Spectators..Its "US" who make this game such big, but we are always ignored, Like, Auditors inspect the Corporates, these state and Indian Sports bodies should be inspected..We have both enough money and talent to build a nice Sports Infrastructure !!!

  • rahul on March 28, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    STADIUM CONDITIONS ARE BAD BUT I WOULD SAY PITCH CONDITIONS ARE VERY GOOD...TYPICAL SUBCONTINENT..AS WE GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY THEY OFFER THEIR HOME CONDITIONS FAIR ENOUGH..

  • Subhashish on March 28, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Kotla must rank as the bottom most for reasons over and above inefficiency. Every time I watch a match there, I'm reminded of unauthorized constructions in unauthorized colonies regularized at a later date. There's no part in the stands but for the first few rows of the first floor of that ugly hospitality stand on the south from where one can have more than 60% view of the ground. The new stands look haphazard and too vertical. Almost like apartment blocks. The beautiful mound stands on the east and west hills are cornered and screwed up by that hospitality stand which protrudes almost to the boundary ropes. The less said about the pitch the better it would be. Delhi Police still continues to manage its kins to the stands though post-IPL the instances of mounted police driving away valid ticket holders have reduced significantly.

  • Sandeep on March 27, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    I was at this game, and the journo is spot on with his comments. The Stadium is a mess, the organization is shameful and as far as the security goes, the cops were letting in people without tickets for as little as Rs.100.

    The stairs between seats were crammed with people who'd gotten in without legitimate tickets, or those who'd lost their seats to those without legitimate tickets.

    The refusal to allow people to carry drinking water purchased from the ICC 'approved' vendor into the stadium on a furiously hot and humid day was also ill-advised. Mobile phones were banned, yet there were still numerous people who'd snuck them in.

    It was an absolute shambles of an event from an organizational perspective. For those saying 'get over it, India won', I'm afraid that it's exactly this attitude that gives these administrators an out. It doesn't matter whether India wins or loses, what's also important is that the stadium experience is safe and hygienic.

    The Indian fan deserves better.

  • Underground on March 26, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    It is important for individuals to act responsibly to lift the nation as a whole. If a billion people each does one's share in non-littering, planting trees, conserving water and electricity, it will build up to an enormous lot. Of course, a good share of that will go into corrupt pockets, creating an unequal distribution, but that should not be a deterrent - altruism comes from having no incentive to earn credit or benefit for self, but for the society. As inspiration, look at the tv interview of the Egyptian woman sweeping her street willingly during the recent revolution just because it was her country.

  • Amit on March 26, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    i was there on match day... most corrupted stadium i ever seen... mobiles were not allowed but if u have 50 bugs, give it to cop n take ur mobile inside.. water bottle rs. 30 but not available n if u have 20rs more to pay, same bottle is available.... after lunch everything is allowed to take inside like food n mobile n water too... then y not they allow everything from starting.. people r inside from 11 a.m. they need water n food both... everyone cant pay 50 rs for a bottle.... free water was available there but just for 3 hrs... then what ?

  • Sagar on March 26, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Dont behave like a irresponsible citizen.

    Before posting such comments... see wht u ppl are doing in your/ for your country, home, and for society...

    you should have encouraged that they atleast did it...

  • Chandranath on March 26, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    What's new about this ! as long as you have inefficient Politicians/ their stooges, at the helm of affairs, this rot will continue.

    Incredible India is really Incredible, nothing of this sort happens anywhere in the world, any phase of life you name it ..and there is a ROT !!!

    God save my Country !!!

  • hem on March 26, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Motera improve much more than we expected...hole stadium has covered by roof....its one of the finest stadium of india...

  • Bimal Patel on March 25, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Agree.. Most of the Indian Cricket Grounds need to renovate to improve facilities for players as well as spectators...!! Hopefully, there will be better facilities there in next few years..!!!

  • Abhishek on March 25, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    I was at the Motera yesterday in the North Stand , and was staggered by the level of decay and decrepit nature of that stadium.

    First off, there was zero secuirty until we actually got INTO the stadium premises, and to the North Stand gate. There were policemen grabbing water bottles and throwing them away without so much as even a simple no bottles allowed sign anywhere. Phones were apparently not allowed(we had to put ours in a 'locker' outside and hope against hope the shop still existed when the match got over), but you could easily spot atleast hlaf the people in the stand carrying their mobiles. No prior info about this either. Drinking water 'facilities' included a drum, with a mug to give it company. The stands were chock full, with noone to organise the crowd except a police force which looked as hapless as I did when i realised the only available seating space was a steel rod where a seat had previously existed.

  • Sansaryan on March 25, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    @Vishal - This is exactly the Indian attitude which is causing these kind of problems.

  • Unknown on March 25, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    It is important to improve the ground conditions than to increase the bank-balances of the organisation. HEALTH and SAFETY is the primary requirement, it needs to be improved.........

  • Swap on March 25, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    This can be said of almost all cricket stadiums in India- none of them are spectator friendly. What is striking is that Modi is wants Gujarat to be shining example of modernity in India. I am sure the cricket stadium can get some attention aswell? As games are shown all over the world, it can help him gain instant notice.

  • Navneet on March 25, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Time to stop complaining and start contributing!

  • Andrew on March 25, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Thanks Ahmedabad - world cricket still has grounds out there with a bit of character!! If only more of the cricketing world weren't so quick to revamp places like St John's, Antigua and The Gabba, Brisbane with concrete colosseums full of empty bucket seats and totally devoid of its original atmosphere.

    I hope Punter Ponting will have the dignity to stay on as a batsman and resign himself to the fact that his era as skipper is over. Roll on 2015 - and what are we doing with all our 20 year old spin bowlers out there now? Training them up for 2015 I hope!

  • Sandeep on March 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    CEO Gujarat and chief GCA, Shri Narendra ji Modi was present throughout the match. Someone need to bring this sorry state at Motera to his notice. Sure he would take action to save Gujarat's prestige.

  • Mohan on March 25, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    The players facilities are excellent,but the spectators are not upto the mark?Almost 50% are received for foreigners,VIPs,VVIPs, BCCI officials,ICC officials;The remaining are the people of India.If the VVIPs and VIPs don't complain about stadium facilities,then whoever complains is going to fall in deaf ears.If you go to the extent of showing the exact nature of the stadium,you would be sidelined as a journalist who wants to get publicity from the news.Hence only when mighty or VVIPs complain it would be taken into account; or Directly take to the notice of Narendra Modi who said he is incorruptible and you can solve this issue.

  • Subhasish on March 25, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Some people (like Mr. Vishal) feel that we should ignore the negatives and look at the positives. Sharda has indeed looked at the positives and then she has given the negatives. And for the information of Vishal, Kolkata did end up hosting matches. When will we get out of this chalta-hai attitude? Of pushing undesirable and unwanted 'issues' under the carpet by focusing on the 'positives'?

  • Vikas on March 25, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Its a disgrace that the public isnt treated well. After all, the BCCI and the stage that cricket is in in India is all due to the public support only and nothing else.

  • Koushik on March 25, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    I was at the stadium and the match was amazing! But we had to stand for 4 hours in a queue to collect tickets the day before from Kyazoonga, there were no toilets in the stand and we had to go out - only to be denied entry back into the stand as our tickets were apparently not 'rescannable'... waited for a while and then let in thanks to a helpful security guard.

    No water available after 1 hour into the match. No food available after 2 hours. We had to go out of the stadium to get anything. Filthy facilities. The traffic arrangements were pathetic, there was a stampede on the way out where people could have been killed! Pretty shameful organization to say the least.

    Thank God the best part of the day was the match! For those who say it cannot be done... I went to the Chennai game against WI - collected tickets in 5 minutes, and food / facilities were great!

  • sig on March 25, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @ vishal and sri....the reason why india is backwards is coz of ppl like you....trying to see the 10% +ve by neglecting the 90%-ve the so called chalta hain attitude

  • Geet Chheda on March 25, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    We went to ahmedabad from mumbai!! the list of issues does not end there !! public transport is not properly managed !! there is only 1 exit from the ground !! and they were running short of snacks !!

  • Amit on March 25, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    The shabby condition of most of the Indian grounds belies the fact that BCCI is the richest cricketing board. Just compare Indian pitches and outfield to those in Australia and England. Its a shame that the BCCI bosses are getting rich and are not investing in cricketing infrastructure in the country. Just how many cricket stadiums or quality cricket coaching institutes have been set up in the country in the past decade? Just because Indian cricketing fans are not too demanding, BCCI is able to fill up its own coffers and not concentrate and really doing something good for the future of this game and for the people who love it. No new venues have come up in the country in the past few years while some have been forgotten. Kanpur,Jamshedpur, Guwahati, Cuttak,Jaipur, Kochi,Hyderabad,Pune there are so many places where matches have been held in the past but are now completely off the radar.Calcutta is also forgotten.Matches are now only held in Bangalore, Chennai,Mohali,Nagpur and Mumbai

  • spades-a-shovel on March 25, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    this is the worst world cup ever. How can one be 'world champs' without meeting all the top sides at least once? Also shouldn't the grounds for matches be pre determined instead of changing venues to suit the home side? Bad enough the rules are stacked in benefit of the batsman isnt it a disgrace preparing pitches that turn square from ball 1 and where the ball hardly climbs above knee level just to suit the hosts? What next India? Why not save money spent on pitches and instead choose to play in paddy fields that way you wont have to fear the rising ball!!!!!!

  • Anirudh on March 25, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    I was at the stadium in the upper pavillion box and the mismanaged food area was frustrating at best.

    The food ran out 2 times before the end of the first innings and there was nothing but cola to fill your stomach in the 2nd half.

    The stadium view was stunning and a great match was played. But the service and amenities for the paying public - Absolutely ridiculous

  • Prabhu on March 24, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Modi is a very honest and efficient CM and I think BCCI should have cleared up the stadium...

  • Rohan on March 24, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    That seems so shocking to me. Narendra Modi is at the helm of affairs for the GCA and with his panache for no nonsense I would have hoped for a fantastic arrangement. As a Gujarati I apologize to you! Pleae come explore the other parts of the city and I guarantee an experience par none.

  • Chirag on March 24, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Hey, who care? India won that matters and if that place were that fancy as Shards was aspecting, who knows Australia might won the game. At the end India won that's all matter, rest of the debate, save it after world cup is over.

  • Oracle EBS Guru on March 24, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Sharda, why crib about this particular stadium? You could see the same conditions in airports, movie theatres etc.. and I don't think people really care. It is a matter of 8 hours enjoying the cricket and I would only worry if it is my in-laws house :)

  • Anonymous on March 24, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    what an useless article in such emphatic time. Nextime, find a "cricket" topic Sarda.

  • Vijay on March 24, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Congratulations! Let's beat Pakistan.

  • Kanchan on March 24, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Sharda, NRI's like me staying in London are used to seeing the British journos try and project only the negative side of India. Why do you try and reinforce this steryotype in an international website. Why cant you also highlight the positives?

  • naveen on March 24, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    can we do some thing about this ? Can we standup against these things ?

  • Deepanjan Datta on March 24, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    @Sharda - The only match in Ahmedabad in the WC'87 was India vs Zimbabwe. India vs Australia were in Chennai and Delhi.

    @Vishal,@Respect Country - Agreed, they were ready to host the match and that's definitely saying something compared to even more shabby state of affairs in Kolkata. But let's face it - with crores pumped in and ample time, deadlines and reviews,if this is the status of improvement - where is the rest of money? Tidying up your home/ street is individual discipline, what about the collective discipline of tidying up the nation? Way too much corruption and too little accountability. When we cry about players, umpires etc. being accountable for their performance, shouldn't it be the same for administrators and boards who make money at the expense of the paying audience?

  • Angelo on March 24, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Truly "Incredible India" ... in the literal sense ... definitely makes one wonder where the money goes ...

  • suo_abhi on March 24, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Reply to Karim at March 24, 2011 5:40 PM

    Please do write about Paki inefficiency after your loss in Mohali!

    Good luck next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Kajal on March 24, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    As an Indian you shouldn't be posting this. Do you not realise you're giving your own country a bad name!!!

  • Karthik on March 24, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @Sunil - I think you want to ask who is "irresponsible" for this :)

  • sk on March 24, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Replace harbajan with Pathan next game

  • vijay on March 24, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Great article I am happy Sharda has brought this to light I hope the authorities take notice. The public are as important as the players.

  • INDIA FAN on March 24, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Sri,

    I completely agree with you!

    India is the best! All you haters are just jealous!

  • raj on March 24, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    i just heard from one of my friends that motera could possibly be the worst kept of all stadiums in the world cup

  • Manish on March 24, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Always trying to find something negative to write about... Not quite liking the articles on Cricinfo

  • Hussain on March 24, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    who care... India won

  • Kishore Sharma on March 24, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    India and Australia did not meet at Motera during the 1987 World Cup - they mat at Madras and Delhi. It must have been some other team in India's group(probably either New Zealand or Zimbabwe versus India)

  • zahid on March 24, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    if they really recieve so much money from the bcci it's a shame it's in this state...also interesting where the money goes...i guess nobody knows...

  • Vishal on March 24, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Sharda, looks like you can not see the positive side that atleast they managed to host a game unlike Kolkotta. try to look something positive as well

  • Sri on March 24, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Who cares....India won

  • Shankar on March 24, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    India and Australia didnt play in Ahmedabad in the 1987 World Cup - they played at Chennai and New Delhi. Shape up, man.

  • Big Wonder on March 24, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    What author saw and felt was the booming of the city with no room for expansion. The city is very crowded due to its economic stability and safety at nights.

  • Respect Country on March 24, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    First tidy up your own home and street, then talk about city and nation.

  • parth on March 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    good artical

  • sunil on March 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    So , who was responsible for this? Is it GCA ? BCCI ?

  • Sunny on March 24, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    "Incredible India!" at its glitzy best.

  • Karim on March 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    You can add "Indian Ineffiency" to the slogan "Incredible India". the two belong side by side.

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  • Karim on March 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    You can add "Indian Ineffiency" to the slogan "Incredible India". the two belong side by side.

  • Sunny on March 24, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    "Incredible India!" at its glitzy best.

  • sunil on March 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    So , who was responsible for this? Is it GCA ? BCCI ?

  • parth on March 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    good artical

  • Respect Country on March 24, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    First tidy up your own home and street, then talk about city and nation.

  • Big Wonder on March 24, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    What author saw and felt was the booming of the city with no room for expansion. The city is very crowded due to its economic stability and safety at nights.

  • Shankar on March 24, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    India and Australia didnt play in Ahmedabad in the 1987 World Cup - they played at Chennai and New Delhi. Shape up, man.

  • Sri on March 24, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Who cares....India won

  • Vishal on March 24, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Sharda, looks like you can not see the positive side that atleast they managed to host a game unlike Kolkotta. try to look something positive as well

  • zahid on March 24, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    if they really recieve so much money from the bcci it's a shame it's in this state...also interesting where the money goes...i guess nobody knows...