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IND vs NZ 2017: Tight security at the Green Park pitch post Pune chaos

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Internet Desk: After a big chaos in Pune regarding the pitch, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has tighten the security of the 22-yard ahead of the third ODI between India and New Zealand on Sunday.

The acting secretary of UPCA, Mr. Yudhvir Singh has confirmed that they have ordered the security officials at the Green Park Stadium not to allow a single person without a valid pass.

They have also instructed the groundmen not to discuss anything regarding the nature of the pitch.

BCCI curator Taposh Chatterjee is overseeing pitch preparations for the crucial game.

"We have to be more careful after the incident in Pune. The police officials have been told that only individuals with valid accreditation can enter the stadium. This practice was already in place but we are extra-cautious now," Singh told PTI ahead of the series decider between India and New Zealand on Sunday.

"The groundsmen too have been instructed that they don't need to discuss the nature of the pitch with anyone. What's the need for that anyway," Singh added.

The extra vigil here comes after the suspension of Pune curator Pandurang Salgaoncar, who allegedly agreed to tamper the pitch ahead of the second ODI in Pune.

It has been learnt that Shiv Kumar, the tubewell operator who rose to become the curator at Green Park, has returned to the venue and has been helping in pitch preparation unofficially.

Kumar was shifted to Ghazipur ever since UP Police arrested three bookies for tampering with playing conditions before an IPL game earlier this year.

The Green Park will host its first ever ODI under lights on Sunday.

With inputs from PTI.

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