December 7, 2000

Indian news round-up

Green Park gearing up for fourth ODI: The secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Jyoti Bajpai said in Kanpur on Wednesday that the Green Park stadium is gearing up to host the fourth ODI between India and Zimbabwe scheduled to be played on December 11. He added that the preparations are nearing the last stages.

Speaking to Press Trust of India (PTI), Bajpai said that the teams are to arrive in the city on December 9 and would be at the nets the same day and on December 10. He added that tickets for the eighth ODI at the ground would be sold from 16 centres in the city.

Bajpai also said that the UPCA is now in a sound financial position and soon after the game against Zimbabwe, the association would concentrate on the Deodhar Trophy matches, scheduled to be held in the city from December 15.

Orissa HC issues notice regarding ticket sales bungling

The Orissa High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the District Collector, The Superintendent of Police, The State Cricket Association and the Oriental Bank of Commerce over the alleged irregularities in the sale of tickets for the first India-Zimbabwe ODI at the Barabati stadium on December 2.

Press Trust of India in a report said that a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice RK Patra and Choudhury PK Mishra issued the notice on a public interest writ petition filed in the court recently by Ashok Samal and two others.

The agency also reported that irate cricket fans had smashed glass panes at the stadium on Wednesday prior to the match after being told that all the tickets had been sold out. The issue had also rocked the state assembly with the legislators demanding an inquiry into the matter.

Kanitkar to lead West Zone in Deodhar Trophy

The joint secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Ratnakar Shetty in an official press release on Wednesday said that Hrishikesh Kanitkar will lead the West Zone team for the forthcoming Deodhar Trophy tournament to be played in the Central Zone from December 15. West Zone plays Central at Kanpur on December 18.

The team: Hrishikesh Kanitkar (captain, Maharashtra), Jacob Martin (vice-captain, Baroda), Connor Williams (Baroda), Wasim Jaffer (Mumbai), Vinod Kambli (Mumbai), Niraj Patel (Gujarat), Rakesh Patel (Baroda), Milap Mewara (Baroda), Santosh Saxena (Mumbai), Paras Mhambrey (Mumbai), Iqbal Siddique (Maharashtra), Rajesh Pawar (Mumbai), Rakesh Dhruv (Saurashtra), Robin Morris (Mumbai) and K Aphale (Maharashtra).