A team of BCCI comprising of two members visited the newly constructed cricket stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati on the 29th of April and informed that it is for international matches.
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhury and General Manager of cricket operations MV Sridhar stated that the stadium is likely to host an ODI match by the end of this year.
According to the team, 90 per cent works of the stadium has undergone completion. The officials also said that the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) will do the rest of the works in the next few months.
“Most of the jobs have been done. There are certain areas which needed to be re-worked which we have already pointed out to the ACA officials. I hope it will be completed within the next three months,” Choudhury said.
The stadium cost Rs 260 crore for construction and has hosted at least 17 Ranji Trophy matches since 2013-14. The stadium is also being regarded as one of the best in the country.
After visiting the stadium, the BCCI officials expressed their satisfaction over the ground, galleries and other infrastructure. But they advised the ACA officials to complete the press gallery, dressing room within three months so that the stadium can be approved for this season’s ODI as Australia will visit India in October for seven ODIs and two T20 matches.
They also asked the ACA to improve the practice wickets, along with the flood-light systems as the matches are likely to be day-night.
While interacting with media, Choudhary also revealed the final decision on India taking part in the forthcoming Champions Trophy will be taken in a BCCI meeting soon.
Source – Silchar.com & TheNewsMill