Cuttack: Getting ready for the 3rd ODI to be played between India and guest West Indies on December 22 at the Barabati Stadium, State Home Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra and other dignitaries surveyed the infrastructure and security at the stadium.
The home minister was accompanied by DGP-in charge Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi, DCP (Cuttack) Akhileshwar Singh, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) President Sanjay Behera and other dignitaries.
Expressing his happiness at the opportunity of hosting the match, the home minister said, “I would like to thank honourable Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for pegging Odisha as a prime sports destination. We want any sports event in Odisha to be of world-class and we are working on it in collaboration with the police and the OCA. I take this opportunity and request all Odias to keep the spirit of sports alive and make this event memorable for all who come to watch the match.”
Briefing the media regarding the arrangements CP Sarangi said, “Our planning and subsequent implementation has been on track till date and hope that the plans too fall in place. This is a big event for Odisha and we hope that we maintain the reputation that we have earned till date. We are upping the food and beverage quality, public utility facilities and also installing help desks at all galleries. For fans who were not able to avail tickets can enjoy the match from Fan Zones put up at Upper Bali Jatra grounds.”
Speaking from security viewpoint he said that the usual three-tier security will be in place.
Further elaborating the arrangements at the Barabati stadium, OCA Secretary Sanjay Behera said, “We have discussed on a promotional activity stating how Odisha has hugely grown to be sports hub. We took up the challenge of getting rejected to be able to host the ODI- we have come a long way. The damage due to Fani was huge and the repair and development work has been on track which the Minister, CP, DGP were happy with.”
Regarding the super-fast sell-out of online tickets, Behera said that there has been a discrepancy and that he is happy to clarify any issues regarding the same.
One of the oldest cricket grounds of India, Barabati stadium was built and established in 1958 by the OCA. It has a capacity of 45,000 and features a bowl-like structure for seating. Till date, it has hosted 2 Tests, 18 ODIs and 2 T20Is.