PCA in defensive mode after Broad’s report

December 17th, 2008 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), Dec 17 (IANS) Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) officials were on the backfoot after match referee Chris Broad’s report following the India-Australia Test series talked about unhygienic conditions prevailing in the stadium.”We got an e-mail of Chris Broad’s report Tuesday and that just mentioned about the unhygienic conditions only in one room of the match referee and not in the whole stadium. And that too happened just because of an unpredictable leakage in the sewerage pipe,” PCA president Inderjit Singh Bindra told reporters here Wednesday.

But a well-placed source in the PCA told IANS that the report mentioned about cockroaches that were found in the food trolley of umpires and also complained about the serving of stale and cold food to the officials.

“Learning is a lifelong process and we will make sure that such problem will not happen again in future. PCA is known for its hospitality throughout the world, the problem was there only in one area, otherwise everything was fine here,” stated Bindra.

Bindra admitted that during the last Test match there were some problems of excessive movements in front of the sightscreen, which led to various interruptions in the match.

“Normally we have sightscreens of size 14 feet by 16 feet but this time we have increased its size to 16 feet by 16 feet that is used rarely in the world. Adequate security arrangements will be there to minimise the movement near the sight screens,” he said.

About the sale of tickets, Bindra said: “We started selling the tickets only four days back and 5,000 tickets were sold Tuesday. We are expecting around 10,000 to 15,000 tickets to sell before the match.”

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