Assam: Barsapara stadium in Guwahati readies to host maiden international cricket match
GUWAHATI, September 6: North-east India will finally be ready to host another match, this time at the newly built Barsapara Stadium where the second T20 International between India and Australia will be played.
Assam normally experiences slight to moderate rainfall during September-October with incessant rain and floods already gripping the capital city.
Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Vice President Devajit Lon Saikia claimed that the drainage facilities at the stadium were better than at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
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"Even if it rains for five days continuously, and the rain stops half an hour before the start of the match, we can have a full match. We have a better underground drainage system than the Eden Gardens and I am confident about it," Saikia said
The new venue is however, awaiting final clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC) before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces the itinerary for the series, featuring five One-day Internationals (ODI) and three T20Is, starting September 17.
Saikia confirmed that former India pacer and match referee Javagal Srinath had inspected the Barsapara Stadium on Monday on the ICC's behalf and a report is awaited.
Saikia also appeared optimistic that the 37,500 capacity stadium will get the green signal to host the north-east's maiden international cricket match under floodlights.
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