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New Zealand cricketers arrive for India series

Hyderabad, Aug 18 (): The first batch of the New Zealand cricketers have landed in India on Friday night, for the forthcoming two Twenty 20 matches and two test match series against India which starts this month. More players would join the team later on August 18. The Indian team will be reaching Hyderabad on 19th.

The first test starts from August 23 to 27 in Hyderabad and the second test will be played in Bangalore from August 31. The first test match will be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal, Hyderabad on Aug 23. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is taking all efforts for the smooth conduct of the test.

India – New Zealand test will be the first to be held under new guidelines of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). HCA secretary M.V. Sridhar said the new guidelines say any loss of play time during the day would be compensated by playing under floodlights.

This test will be the second Test to be held at the Uppal stadium. The first Test was also played between India-New Zealand, which was played in November 2010 and it ended in a draw.

When asked about the Telangana agitation, M V Sridhar said, ” This is a national event. As this Test match is being hosted by Hyderabad on behalf of BCCI and international teams coming, we appeal to everyone to make it a grand success. It is a question of the city Hyderabad that is going to be on the world map.”

G. Vinod, president of HCA said the newly-elected body of the HCA is taking all steps to provide better facilities to the spectators. The HCA has planned to sell 34,000 tickets, even though the stadium has a total capacity of about 40,000. Due to the on-going canopy works in one section of the stadium, the capacity has been reduced.

The tickets would be open for sale from Aug 19 at e-seva centres and online at kyazoonga.com.