The Green Park Stadium in Kanpur is likely to lose the hosting rights of a Test match between India and Australia next March after two top Indian cricket board officials are set to give a 'not upto scratch' report following an inspection on Saturday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) chief administrative office Ratnakar Shetty and Cricket Operations manager Suru Nayak inspected the outfield, the under-construction stands, the dressing rooms and the pavilions and saw that much more was needed to be done if the venue is to host a Test match. It is learnt that a report prepared by Shetty and Nayak will be submitted to the BCCI president and secretary and this report will be tabled at a working committee meeting that will be held later in the month.
"The initial feedback we are getting from those officials who inspected the Green Park Stadium is that the outfield is in poor condition while there is a lot of construction work still to be completed. In such a scenario and keeping in mind that the Green Park stadium owned by the state government has missed deadlines earlier too it may be difficult for us to clear the venue for the Test match in March," a top BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Among the issues that the report will raise is the fact that there is only one dining hall for both teams. But of even greater concern is the fact that both officials believe that there are too many unfinished structures on view at the stadium at present.
The last time Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association hosted a Test match was in November 2009 - between India and Sri Lanka - but on two occasions in 2010 matches had to be shifted out because of poor or incomplete infrastructure.
The second ODI in February 2010 during South Africa's tour had been shifted to Gwalior after a section of the stadium was not deemed fit to seat spectators. Also the second Test between India and New Zealand in November 2010 was shifted to Hyderabad because construction work was still incomplete.
UPCA general manager Rohit Talhowever seemed bullish about the the Green Park Stadium hosting the Test match. “I am sure that things will be ready on time and we will be able to host the Test match," Talwar said.