IPL match referee David Boon gives thumbs up for the alternative lighting system installed at the pavilion end

It was a moment of relief for the Hyderabad Cricket Association officials when the IPL match referee and former Australian opener David Boon gave the ‘thumbs up’ signal for the alternative lighting system installed at the pavilion end.

Mr. Boon was present on Thursday night when the lights, installed involving an expenditure of at Rs. 32 lakh to cover up for the deficiency in the two floodlit towers blocked by the canopy (roofing), were switched on when the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Pune Warriors, had their training session on the eve of their season opener tomorrow.

“Mr. Boon was happy about the lighting system and declared it to be match-fit. So were the two teams which trained this evening,” a senior official of HCA informed The Hindu.

“In fact, the BCCI was also informed about this positive signal from the match referee,” he added.

The HCA would also install similar lighting (on two mini towers) beneath the canopy at the opposite end of the pavilion to ensure that there was no scope for any complaint.

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