PCA hopeful of hosting second Test against England

December 8th, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 8 (IANS) Even as England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) security advisor Reg Dickason postponed his visit to Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), the officials here are hopeful of getting a safety clearance for the second Test match slated for Dec 19. Dickason was scheduled to reach here Monday evening to inspect the security arrangements at PCA stadium in Mohali. But instead, Dickason flew to Abu Dhabi to brief the England players on the security situation in Chennai, the venue for the first Test.

Dickason will now come here Tuesday for the inspection.

“Yes, we were expecting Reg to reach here Monday.He will now reach here Tuesday evening and will start his work Wednesday,” PCA joint secretary G.S. Walia told IANS Monday.

If Mohali, which is in the state of Punjab bordering Pakistan, does not get the green signal, the Test might be shifted to Bangalore or Delhi. But Walia is confident that such a situation will not arise.

“There is no such problem with the PCA as a venue and at this juncture we do not need to prove our substance as we have a excellent past record. We just need to wait for some more time and situation will become clear very soon,” Walia said.

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