Hyderabad: Hyderabad is all geared up to host the first T20 international between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal on November 6. Both teams will face off in a three-match T20 series.
Hyderabad Cricket Association will be hosting its first international match after former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin became the association’s president. The game will begin around 7 pm on Friday at the stadium with a capacity of approximately 40,000 seats.
HCA authorities have made adequate arrangements, ensuring sufficient tents, chairs and drinking water to all spectators and police personnel. The association has also erected ample lighting, CCTV cameras along with private security at gates and parking places to avoid vehicle and mobile thefts. They have also provided sufficient barricading at all entry, exit and parking areas for maintaining the rush and avoid crowd gathering.
They have provided signage board at all main roads from Hubsiguda to Uppal, LB Nagar to Uppal, Medipally to Uppal, and Ramanthapur to the stadium. Proper arrow marks and texts will adorn the parking places to guide commuters in the night.
HCA authorities have suggested physically challenged spectators to enter from the Ramanthapur road. They can access the venue through Gate No 3, after parking their vehicles at Parking Place B.
The authorities have passed along information for other viewers as well. They have asked people who are entering through Gate No 4 to 10 should come from the Hubsiguda-Uppal main road (via Ek-Minar). They can park their vehicles at Little Flower Junior College or Ramanthapur Church ground’s general parking place. Organisers have identified sufficient area for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers. They have also arranged for the free flow of traffic during match day.
The police have made adequate arrangements in co-ordination with various wings such as security (255 members), traffic (350 members), Law and Order (909 members, including other district forces), and armed forces (four platoons). Around 1,800 police personnel have been deployed for the match. Authorities have installed 300 CCTV cameras in and around the stadium, including vehicle checkpoints and parking places. A separate SHE Team/Anti-Eve-teasing team has been established to control eve teasing against women.
A joint command and control room has been established at the Southside of the stadium at G-6 box to monitor all CCTV footages for taking immediate action. A separate supervising (vigilance) teams have been formed to control vendors and their product prices as prescribed by authorities.
Spectators are not allowed to carry the following things to the stadium — laptops, cameras, matchbox, binoculars, batteries, bags, banners, cigarettes, lighters, coins, helmets, outside eatables, water bottles, electronic items, sharp metal/plastic objects, writing pens, and perfumes.