Dickason to inspect venue for 2nd Test

England and Wales Cricket Board's security adviser Reg Dickason would be visiting the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali on December 8.

updated: December 04, 2008 14:23 IST
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England and Wales Cricket Board's security adviser Reg Dickason would be visiting the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali, the venue for the second Test, on December 8, a senior official said on Thursday.

"I got a call from Chennai that Dickason intends to visit PCA on December 8 and hold a meeting with the (PCA) officials," PCA's Secretary MP Pandove said.

Dickason had on Wednesday visited Chennai, which would be holding the first Test between England and India, to assess the security situation and had virtually given his green signal to the venue.

Pandove, who is also the BCCI treasurer, said PCA officials were working round-the-clock to ensure the venue, which was not originally scheduled to host the Test, was ready so that people can enjoy a good game of cricket.

"We (PCA) have intimated to the BCCI that we are ready," said Pandove.

The PCA had last hosted the Test match between India and Australia from October 17 this year.

Meanwhile, PCA's Chief Curator and Chairman of the BCCI's Grounds and Pitches Committee, Daljit Singh said there was still a fortnight to go and exuded his confidence that ground should be completely ready.

"Though Mohali was chosen as a replacement venue, we are working hard so that everything is ready by due date," he said.

With the winter setting in in this part of the world, the maximum temperature is settling in the range of 23-25 degrees celsius and the night temperature settles in the range of 6-8 degrees celsius.

During early morning and evening there is dew and cold weather conditions are likely to assist the fast bowlers.

The only time when Mohali has hosted a Test in this month was 14 years back when they lost to the West Indies as their fast bowlers had managed to generate good pace and bounce exploiting the cold weather conditions.

As the Mohali Test is going to be held close to December 22, the shortest day of the year, the match is likely to see an early start as light would start to drop after 4 pm, which means the bowlers should be able to generate good seam movement early on.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Police have sought to give their assurance on the security front.

"Though it has not yet been officially communicated to us that Mohali will be holding the second Test, still we have started preparations on our own based on media reports," Mohali Police Chief JS Aulakh said.

He said tight security arrangements will be in place in the wake of the recent Mumbai terror attacks.

"We will be putting a 3-tier security cover in place. Besides heavy deployment of police force, installation of CCTV cameras, there are several other measures which we are planning to take, but cannot disclose at this stage," Aulakh said.

The Taj hotel in Chandigarh where the teams stay during their match in Mohali has been brought under heavy security cover.

Earlier, any guest could park his vehicle inside the hotel complex, but now that is not permitted. The main gates of the hotel also remain closed and guests are only allowed to go inside once they have established their identity, gone through the security checks and also revealed their purpose of visit.