World Cup 2023: Good news for UP people, all pitches of Ekana Stadium in Lucknow pass, ICC shows green signal – world cup 2023 icc team visits lucknow ekana stadium gives clearance

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Lucknow: In view of the World Cup matches, the team of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) inspected the Ekana Stadium on Friday. The 18-member team reached the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium (Ekana) stadium directly from the airport. The members first inspected all the nine pitches of the stadium. According to sources, all the pitches were found suitable for World Cup matches. Along with this, along with examining the fire prevention arrangements, also see the work done on the suggestions given earlier.

Q&A with pitch curator

The team that reached the stadium after removing the cover and taking stock of all the pitches also asked questions and answers to the curator. After this, took stock of other preparations including seating of more than 50 thousand spectators. Tried turning on all the floodlights as well. State-of-the-art drainage system was also seen in case of rain. Stadium and UPCA officials told that after the rain, the game can be started again in just half an hour. The team was most affected in the outfield.

On the light grass pitch of Ekana, cricket lovers will get to see rain of fours and sixes in World Cup matches. If the pitch is favorable for the batters, it will also be helpful for the bowlers. The ICC and BCCI team has shown satisfaction with Ekana’s outfield and other arrangements. The full picture will be clear after the report comes.

Ankit Chatterjee, CEO, UPCA


See also A and B ground

After the pitch, the team also visited the medical and umpire rooms located on the ground floor of the four-storey stadium. Dressing Room on the first floor, Platinum Lounge and Owner’s Lounge on the second floor, Corporate Box on the third floor and South Presidential Gallery on the fourth. Along with the parking arrangement of the vehicles, apart from the stay of the teams, along with the main ground, the B-ground was also tested.

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After Wankhede, the ICC team visited Chennai, Bengaluru and Trivandrum. Trivandrum will host the greenfield practice games. The inquiry committee has suggested some modifications in the corporate box and player areas of the greenfield. In such a situation, Ekana Management and UPCA want the ICC and BCCI teams to return fully satisfied with the pitch and other preparations. Barsapara in Guwahati will also host practice games. After Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the team will go to Hyderabad.

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