Match to inaugurate floodlights - New cricket pavilion to be opened to public q International players to attend

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By SATANANDA BHATTACHARYA in Hailakandi
  • Published 4.12.08
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Silchar T20 cricket

Hailakandi, Dec. 4: The District Sports Association (DSA), Silchar, will hold the first Twenty20 match at the Satindra Mohan Dev stadium under the newly installed floodlights on Saturday.

The secretary of the association, Babul Hore, said the T20 match would be played between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd and Air India. International players like Virendra Sehwag, Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Md Kaif, Robin Uthappa and Sourav Ganguly are expected to play in this match along with other national level players, DSA sources said. The match will commence at 5pm.

Hore said all the international players, working for ONGC and Air India, were being contacted through Union heavy industries minister Sontosh Mohan Dev, who is the chief patron of the Silchar DSA, to participate in the match. Cricketer Kapil Dev will also be present..

The match is being organised to mark the inauguration of the floodlights and the Rs 87lakh NEC-funded Sontosh Mohan Dev cricket pavilion.

Hore said that it would be one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas for the people of Barak Valley. The Satindra Mohan Dev stadium is at present one of the second biggest sporting infrastructure in the state after those in Guwahati.

Tickets for 24,000 seats in the 30,000-capacity stadium had been sold out till this evening. Silchar has already organised several charity ODIs involving national and international players and also an official women’s ODI between India and England.

Deputy inspector general of police (south Assam range) Y.K. Gautam today reviewed the security arrangements for the match. Gautam said the police administration would not take any chance, especially after the Mumbai attacks disturbance, and would give the formal nod of approval for the match only after a satisfactory review of security by Thursday.

Cachar superintendent of police Violet Baruah said they had held several meetings with all the officers of the district and chalked out a security plan. She also said they had successfully hosted the Federation Cup Group C knockout round in Silchar and it was a smooth evening during the final between New Delhi Heroes and Assam State Electricity Board SC, Guwahati, on November 25.