With ICC World T20 just a few months away, International Cricket Council (ICC) gave the green light to the PCA stadium, Mohali after inspection, meaning they could host the World T20 matches with ease.
Among the matches which Mohali will host are Pakistan taking on Australia on March 25 and the double-header on March 27 between West Indies and India (women) and India vs Australia (men).
Led by ICC head of events, Chris Tetley and BCCI Tournament Director MV Sridhar, the joint team landed on the day before to go for a full check of the stadium this morning. They even held meetings with some PCA officials before giving the all-okay decision.
“The ICC-BCCI joint team arrived at the venue in the morning to carry out the inspection. They went around the stadium. They appeared to be quite happy with the overall maintenance, facilities and security aspects.
“No shortcoming was pointed out. They were happy with overall set up. The only thing which they wanted was that there should be smooth changeover when Mohali hosts a double header of the event,” venue manager and PCA’s CEO, Brigadier GS Sandhu (retd) told PTI.
Knowing the fact that, the bigger the event, the more security is needed, the joint team even held a meeting with the security officials that would be providing security during the World T20 event. “The security team reviewed everything, they were quite happy” said Sandhu.
PCA spokesman Sushil Kapoor said among those who were part of the joint team included security, broadcasting, merchandising and other officials. “The team went around the ground and expressed satisfaction with the ground, preparations, dressing rooms, stands, upkeep and cleanliness of the stadium,” Kapoor said.
The joint team spent close to five hours at the Mohali venue, after which they’ll be visiting the Dharamsala venue on Tuesday morning, which holds the big match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.