SPORTS REPORTER GUWAHATI, Jan 3 - The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has completed all arrangements for hosting the first match of the three-match Paytm T20 International series between India and Sri Lanka at the ACA Stadium in Barsapara here.
ACA secretary Devajit Saikia, flanked by Commissioner of Police, MP Gupta (2nd L), Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ranjan Bhuyan (L) and BCCI observer, Mamon Mazumdar, addressing the media ahead of the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka at the ACA Stadium, Barsapara in Guwahati on Friday. – UB Photos
Briefing the media, ACA secretary Devajit Saikia said as it will be the first T20I this year for both the teams, they are taking it very seriously prior to the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in October. “We have left no stone unturned to make the event a grand success,” said Saikia. Expecting a capacity crowd, Saikia said that the spectators will be provided all facilities so that they can enjoy the match fully. The organisers will engage an agency which will perform during the match. The ACA is also arranging shuttle buses from different places of the city so that people can reach the stadium and leave after the match without facing any trouble.
Saikia said that already 27,000 tickets out of 39,400 have been sold out and as the Virat Kohli-led Indian team has arrived today, by tomorrow all the remaining tickets will be sold.
He also said that this match will be like a curtain raiser for the ensuing IPL matches as this venue will host three matches of the Rajasthan Royals team.
Both the teams have already arrived here. The Indian team had a work out session in the evening while the visiting team will have their nets tomorrow, informed Saikia. He also thanked the State Government and its various departments for helping in organising the event.
As president Sourav Ganguly has expressed his inability to come for the match, joint secretary Jayesh George will represent BCCI during the match.
BCCI observer for the match Mamon Mazumdar was also present in the press conference and he hoped for a good match on January 5. “I am satisfied with all arrangements here and hope both the teams and officials will find a suitable ambience for a nice match,” he said.
Adequate security arrangements: City Police Commissioner MP Gupta while putting lights on the security arrangements for the India-Sri Lanka T20I said watertight security has been arranged so that the important international event can be organised without any untoward situation. “We will deploy adequate security personel for the match day so that the event can be organised peacefully.”
Gupta categorically mentioned that barring purse and mobile phones spectators will not be allowed to carry other objects. “As the match will start at 7 pm, the gates will be opened at 4 pm.”
Ranjan Bhuyan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Guwahati said that they have planned out a traffic arrangement in order to regulate the traffic system in the Barsapara area. They will allow commercial vehicles through the area till 12 pm. Spectators can park their vehicles in specific allotted spots near the stadium and the traffic police will guide the people coming from different parts of the city. One side of the road near to the stadium will be kept for parking.