Security arrangements in the city have been significantly ramped up to ensure the safety of players, spectators, and the general public ahead of the highly anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup clash between India and Pakistan at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The arch-rivals, India and Pakistan, are gearing up for a fierce showdown at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday, a match that has captured the imagination of cricket fans worldwide.
In a bid to maintain the highest levels of security, drones have been deployed in the vicinity of the stadium to monitor any potential threats or disruptive elements. These advanced drones possess the capability to operate for up to 12 hours and reach altitudes of 120 meters. They are equipped with full HD cameras and have a surveillance range covering a 5-kilometer radius around the stadium.
Ravindra Kumar, a representative from the Crime Branch in Ahmedabad, provided insights into the usage of these drones, stating, “The drone can fly for 12 hours at a height of 120 meters and can cover an area of 5 kilometers around the stadium. It is being utilized to identify and track anti-social elements, enhancing the overall security of the stadium and its surroundings.”
Speaking ahead of the marquee clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Dhanraj Nathwani, President of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), expressed the association’s readiness to host one of the most significant tournaments in cricket. He underscored that all preparations for the match adhere to the stringent standards set by the International Cricket Council (ICC), with the invaluable support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Nathwani stated, “All the preparations are in place for the match as per the standards set by the International Cricket Council (ICC), with the support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). We at GCA are very proud to host such an important match along with the opening game and the final match of the World Cup and are thankful to the BCCI for the same.”
Both India and Pakistan have commenced their World Cup campaigns with resounding victories. India secured comprehensive wins over Australia and Afghanistan, while Pakistan emerged victorious in their initial encounters against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.