Hyderabad’s Uppal Stadium is ready for ODI World Cup matches today – Telangana


Preparations are in full swing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, which will host three ICC Men’s World Cup games as well as two practice games, starting on October 6.

Published date – 10:13 pm, Thu – 21 Sep 23


Hyderabad's Uppal Stadium is ready for ODI World Cup matches
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium will host its first practice match between Pak-New Zealand on September 29. – Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Preparations are in full swing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, which will host three ICC Men’s World Cup games as well as two practice games, starting from October 6.

The World Cup trophy, which is on tour to India, was put on display at the venue, sporting a new look. Although work on seating and other locations is still underway, the stadium will be ready before hosting the first practice match between Pakistan and New Zealand on September 29, revealed K Durga Prasad, who is assisting the single-member Supreme Court. Are. Justice L Nageswara Rao was appointed.

“We are making every possible effort to make it audience friendly. Flood lights have been installed and seating arrangements are being made at ground level. Due to time constraints we were advised not to change the entire seating. Therefore, we have replaced almost all the seats on stands at ground level. More than 10,000 seats were replaced while the remaining seats will be replaced after the World Cup games,” said Durga Prasad.

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K Durga Prasad poses with the World Cup trophy on display at the venue during the India tour. Photo: Surya Sridhar

The south stand, which had blown down due to heavy rain a few years ago, has been re-laid, while a new stand has been completed over the east stand. However, the canopy over the Western Stand will be put up after the World Cup games. “We stopped work on the western stand because there is not enough time to complete it before the World Cup. This will be done immediately after the World Cup games in Hyderabad and will be ready before December.

“We will provide free drinking water to all visitors and public bathrooms have been updated and work on drainage has been completed. We have new turnstiles at the entrance,” he said.

When asked about the ban on spectators for the practice match between Pakistan and New Zealand on September 29, he said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take a decision on it soon.

Hyderabad will host back-to-back games on October 9 and 10 and Durga Prasad said he did not anticipate any problems. “I think we are ready to host games continuously without any problems. Our ground staff under the leadership of YL Chandrashekhar has done a great job in providing the facilities here. We have nets not only in Uppal but also in the gymkhana. The newly constructed ground at the gymkhana is ready for practice matches,” he said.


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