India v Australia, 4th ODI, Chandigarh October 6, 2007

Fire scare at Chandigarh stadium

PTI and Cricinfo staff

A minor fire broke out in the Sector 16 Stadium where India will take on Australia in the fourth one-dayer of the seven-match series on Monday.

The Chandigarh Fire Department sources said that the fire, which broke out in the newly-constructed media centre, had been brought under control. No one was injured in the incident, sources said, adding that the fire was due to a short circuit.

International cricket returns to this venue after 14 years. The last match played in this stadium was in January 1993, when India took on England in a one-dayer. The stadium has staged four ODIs and one Test in 1990 between India and Sri Lanka.

The construction of the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, in 1993-94, forced the Sector 16 stadium to take a back seat. The stadium has been renovated in the last few months to include a new media centre, upgraded dressing rooms and pavilion enclosure, an electronic scoreboard, and better seating arrangements.