Hyderabad ready to host third ODI

Updated: 09 October 2007 17:17 IST

Cricket lovers in Hyderabad would hope the sky remains clear on Friday when India and Australia face off in the third one-dayer of the Future Cup.

Hyderabad:

Cricket lovers in Hyderabad would hope the sky remains clear on Friday when India and Australia face off in the third one-dayer of the Future Cup.

However if the rain God is in a generous mood, the facilities at the stadium will be tested.

"The ground made over here is one of the best and has an excellent drainage system, modeled on Melbourne and the Wanderers. The drainage system ensures that when water gets on the field, it gets cleaned in less than 30 minutes," said G Vinod, President, Hyderabad Cricket Association.

Another area that could cause concern is the quality of bowlers at the nets. With nine members of Hyderabad's Ranji side joining the Indian Cricket League the cupboard is bare.

"Earlier all the teams have managed. There should not be any problem. We have enough quality bowlers," Vinod added.

Once completed, the Rajiv Gandhi stadium will accommodate 55,000 spectators. But on Friday, of the 39,000 seats available, only 15,000 will be for the general public, the rest reserved for the BCCI, the sponsors and the VIPs.

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