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    BCCI curator satisfied with Kochi wicket

    Kochi: BCCI Curator PR Viswanadh on Saturday expressed his satisfaction over the pitch prepared for the second India-England ODI, scheduled to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on January 15.

    "We are ready to hold the match even tomorrow. It is hard and has enough grass and is a batting pitch," he told reporters after the pitch inspection. Meanwhile, Kerala Cricket Association Secretary TC Mathew said all preparations for the ODI are complete. About 2000 policemen would be deployed for ensuring security. Except for a few gallery tickets, all other tickets have been sold out, he said.

    Meteorological department sources said rain would not play spoilsport as in 2010 when the India-Australia match had to be abandoned without even a ball being bowled. The two teams are expected to be here by Saturday evening.