Indore proceeds with India-New Zealand Test preparation

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 05, 2016 11:12 hrs

Despite the BCCI and Lodha Panel at loggerheads, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is going ahead with preparations for conducting the third and final Test between India and New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium.

The third Test is schedule to take place in Indore from October 8-12.

The third test is in doubt after BCCI said that it can't hold the series events due to lack of funds. But a top official said that they haven't received any intimation from the BCCI.

"We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations," MPCA's honorary secretary, Milind Kanmadikar, told PTI from Indore.

Doubts had arisen over the conduct of the game after the Justice R M Lodha Committee had stopped disbursement of large sums of money to the various state associations by the BCCI.

Reacting to the Lodha committee's instructions to its bankers BCCI president, Anurag Thakur said, "Most state units are unsure how they will be able to host games in this home season. They need to decide whether they can host the games or not, with or without money."

Kanmadikar, further stated that MPCA has already spent some money to conduct the game but has not yet asked for reimbursement, which was also subject to some upper limit, from the Board.

Meanwhile, MPCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rohit Pandit told reporters in Indore, "We have not received official words from BCCI) yet that the final test between Indian and New Zealand has been stopped,"

"We got information from media reports. But cannot act on such reports. We are going ahead as schedule given that BCCI had asked us to shoulder the responsibility", he added.

"We are putting extra labour for the match given moist in weather and drizzle since a week", Pandit added. Hundred staffers have been deputed to cover the ground in case of rain. Besides, we have machinery to dry the field and drain out water from the ground, the MPCA CEO informed.

"We have not asked BCCI for reimbursement. The reimbursement will come (later)," said Kanmadikar.

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