With the highly anticipated World Cup just around the corner, the spotlight has turned to the deplorable seating conditions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. The stadium’s seats are currently plagued by bird droppings, painting a grim picture for fans eagerly awaiting three crucial World Cup clashes.
A total of three World Cup matches are scheduled to be held at this venue, but the dire state of the seats at the Uppal stadium has sent shockwaves through the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The upcoming clash between Pakistan and the Netherlands, scheduled for October 6, is now less than 24 hours away, compelling the stadium authorities to shift their immediate focus towards cleaning and preparing the seats for spectators.
The appalling condition of the seats threatens to cast a shadow on the excitement of fans who have been eagerly looking forward to witnessing thrilling World Cup action. The venue had previously hosted two warm-up fixtures involving teams such as Pakistan, New Zealand, and Australia.
Renowned cricket commentator and analyst C Venkatesh was present at the ground during the ongoing warm-up match between Australia and Pakistan. He took to Twitter to share a distressing image of the seats covered in bird droppings, accompanied by his ticket pass as proof that the picture was taken at the same venue.
Following the viral image, fans directed their frustration toward Jay Shah and held him accountable for the mismanagement. They expressed their discontent over the fact that, despite all the extensive preparations leading up to the World Cup, such embarrassing issues were still surfacing.
The Pakistan Cricket Team is presently based in Hyderabad and has played both of their warm-up matches at this stadium. With the upcoming match against the Netherlands on October 6, the concern over the stadium’s seating conditions adds an unexpected twist to the World Cup preparations.