India-New Zealand teams to arrive in Hyd for 2nd test match

Hyderabad: The India and New Zealand teams would arrive here tomorrow for the second test match to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium from November 12.

The two teams would arrive in the afternoon by a special charter flight from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President Arshad Ayub, a former India cricketer, told reporters.

The teams would get down to practise from Wednesday at the stadium.

This is the first test match to be hosted by the HCA since 1988-89 and the first to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium at Uppal. The stadium made its ODI debut in 2005-06 against South Africa.

Replying to a query, Ayub said he did not foresee any trouble during the match from Telangana groups who have protested against alleged under-representation of Telangana youth in the Hyderabad team and also HCA.

The Telangana groups also wanted removal of non-Telangana players and Ranji coaches like S L Venkatapathy Raju from HCA.

The state police have assured to provide adequate security for the event, Ayub said.

Raju and batting coach Vivek Jaisimha have, however, quit on moral grounds due to the team`s dismal performance against Rajasthan last week.

Ayub also said the sale of tickets would begin from tomorrow at branches of UCO Bank and e-Seva centres (multi-purpose citizen service centres run by state government) at various places in the city.