Cuttack: Ahead of the much-awaited 3rd One Day International (ODI) to be held at the Barabati stadium on December 22, an infrastuctue and security review was conducted on Saturday.
The drill was conducted in presence of Cuttack DCP Akhileswar Singh, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Secretary Sanjay Behera and other officials.
Speaking on the public facilities, he said, “Basic facilities such as that of drinking water, and toilet have been made functional. The stadium does have some pending issues which the OCA has vowed to finish on time. Repair work was necessitated due to damage caused by cyclone Fani will also be completed on time.”
“The usual three-tiered security will be in place, with a security check at outer barricade for ticket inspection, then at inner gate and the final one inside the stadium. The teams will be escorted by the Bhubaneswar police to the stadium. They will enter through gate number 14 and will head towards their respective dressing rooms,” said DCP Singh on security arrangements.
Further elaborating the arrangements at the Barabati stadium, OCA Secretary Sanjay Behera said, “Restoration of the floodlights will be completed in next 4-5 days whereas the repair work of the infrastructure due to damage damage by cyclone Fani will begin from Monday onwards. We had a shortage of funds which was resolved with BCCI President releasing the necessary funds. We have already sent the offline tickets for printing and accreditation. We hope to finish all pending work within next 15 days.”
He added that the OCA is working in collaboration with the Cuttack Police to resolve any lacunae before the match.
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.