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Stage set for India-WI ODI
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ACA president (I/C) Niloy Dutta flanked by secretary Pradip Buragohain (left) and vice president Devojit Saikia addressing the media at the ACA Stadium in Guwahati, on Tuesday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has almost completed all the arrangements for successfully holding the first One-day International (ODI) between India and West Indies here at the ACA Stadium on October 21. The match will started 12.30 PM.

The ACA acting president Nilay Dutta addressing the media said, “We are trying to organise the forthcoming ODI in an exemplary manner so that in the coming days we can claim for hosting a Test match.” Dutta revealed that the city police has chalked out a proper plan to tackle any kind of law and order situation during those days despite Durga Puja, which will be going on during the stay of the teams here.

ACA secretary Pradip Buragohain informed that both the teams and the officials of the BCCI will reach here on October 17 at 1 pm. The teams will be accommodated at Radisson Blu. The teams will have their practice session during all three days before the match.

All the departments of the State Government are providing adequate support in completing different works in and around the stadium. “The PWD is working in war footing to complete the approach roads by October 15,” Buragohain said. The wicket and outfield is almost ready for the match along with the practice wickets, informed the ACA secretary.

ACA vice president Devojit Saikia, who is also chairman of few sub committees of the organising body, along with media sub committee said, “The minimum rate of tickets will be of Rs 500 which is for students while the maximum rate will be of Rs 4500 including all taxes.” He also informed that the tickets will be available online at Book My Show from October 11. Saikia also informed that a total of 37,000 tickets will be released for general public while 3090 complementary passes will be issued for various individuals. Provision for corporate box will be available in different stands. A 160-seat media box at the northern stand is ready to accommodate international, national and local media, informed Saikia.

Players association: ACA acting president Dutta said the ACA is committed to form a players’ association of its own as per the Supreme Court guidelines. According to the Supreme Court order, the BCCI and all its affiliated state associations have to set up players’ associations – the members of which must have experience of playing at least 30 first class matches. Dutta said that since in Assam there are only a handful of players who have represented the State team in first class matches, the ACA is planning to reduce the number of first class match experience to 10.

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