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International standard facility for Team India

KOLKATA: The Cricket Association of Bengal president Prasun Mukherjee said that the Indian cricket team would be provided “international standard facility” during its scheduled two-day camp at the city on November 2 and 3 prior to the home series against Pakistan. With the camp dates clashing with the Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Hyderabad, the usual venue — Eden Gardens — would be unavailable.

The conditioning camp now will be held in Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CC&FC) ground. Questions were raised about the available facilities in the new venue following complains by a touring English side, when CC&FC was last used as an international practice venue in 2002.

“The ground is in excellent condition. The pitch is good and now we have newly built players’ dressing room and swimming pool. This makes the facilities adequate for any international match practice,” Mukherjee said in an effort to allay apprehensions surrounding the proposed venue.

“I am a member of the club and will personally inspect the facilities before the practice sessions begin,” he added.

The Indian team will be arriving for the proposed camp on November 1.

The practice sessions will be held only in daytime in the absence of adequate floodlights at the venue. The team will then leave for Guwahati on November 4, a day ahead of the first of the five one-dayers against Pakistan. India also plays a three-match Test series.

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