Guwahati stadium gears up for ODI debut

The India-Australia Twenty20, held in October last year, was the first international match at the stadium. 

Tight security is being arranged for the first One Day International match between India and West Indies at ACA Stadium, in Guwahati.   -  PTI

The Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium is set to make its ODI debut, with the India-West Indies encounter here on Sunday.

The India-Australia Twenty20, held in October last year, was the first international match at the stadium.  “The stadium capacity is 37,500. Apart from around 1,500-2,000 high denomination tickets, the rest of the seats filled up quickly,” an Assam Cricket Association (ACA) official said.

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A huge police presence was seen during the training sessions held at the venue on Saturday. “Last year, someone threw a stone at the Australian team bus. We want to take all security precautions to avoid a repeat of such incidents,” the official said.

Cricket matches in the city, both international and domestic, were held at Nehru Stadium earlier.

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Governor Jagdish Mukhi will attend the match, while former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly has been invited by the ACA as a guest of honour.