Bhubaneswar: Come December 20, players of India and Sri Lanka cricket teams along with scores of visitors will witness Odisha’s glorious past and rich cultural heritage during the much-awaited T-20 match at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
A decision in this regard was taken during the first review meeting headed by state Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera at State Secretariat here today.
Players and support staff of both the teams will be received and welcomed by Odissi dancers at the airport, sources said.
“As it is an international level match, State government wanted to know from OCA about their overall arrangements made along with the security of the players and other things,” the Sports Minister told reporter after the meeting.
The sources further informed that the State government has decided to felicitate each player of the two teams scheduled to arrive here a day before the match.
Security preparedness for the international event was also discussed in the meeting which was attended by Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania.
As many 2500 policemen and 2500 security personnel will be deployed in the twin cities for smooth conduct of the big event.
With eight days left for the match, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) officials also held a discussion with the Police Commissioner over the security arrangements.
Barabati-Cuttack MLA Debashis Samantaray, OCA Working Committee Chairman Dhiren Pallai, Sports Department Secretary Vishal Deb among others were present in the meeting.
“Odisha government is willing to present a cultural programme showcasing the State’s glorious past and culture an hour before the match starts. We will seek permission from BCCI to make it happen and, what we feel that they can allow to do so as it is to be done an hour before the match,” Pallai said.
Worth mentioning, online sale of tickets for the India-Sri Lanka T20 International at the Barabati Stadium had started from December 20. Tickets for the match can be booked online by logging on to www.get2thegames.com.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 45,000 and 44,490 tickets, including complimentary passes, are expected to be printed this time.
The OCA has insured the ground and other properties of Barabati Stadium along with the spectators for Rs 20 crores for the match.
The T20 will be the second international match to be held in a year in Cuttack after the India-England ODI in January.