Slowly and steadily, West Indies are turning out to be the new Sri Lanka for Indian cricket given how much the Men in Blue are playing the Carribean boys of late. Recently, India went on a full-fledged tour of West Indies, which comprised of three T20Is and ODIs each and also two Tests.
Now, West Indies will be touring India for three T20Is and ODIs each in December. The third and final ODI of the series, which will also be the final game of the limited-overs tour is slated to take place at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on December 22. But given the prevailing situation in Cuttack, there is a high possibility that the match will be shifted to some other venue.
Odisha suffered one of its worst cyclones earlier this year, which has caused immense damage to the Barabati Stadium.
As per a report, Odisha Cricket Association had asked BCCI for five crore rupees to start the repairing work at the ground but the board is not ready to release the money until the culmination of BCCI AGM on October 23. But that will be too late for OCA to make the stadium game ready.
An Odisha Cricket Association functionary was quoted as saying by SportsCafe, “Even if we get the funds in October, it is impossible for us to do the recovery work as only floodlight work would take as much as one month. All eight towers will have to undergo the changes and all the bulbs need to be changed. It would have been alright to replace a few but after Kapil Dev’s company checked the bulbs, they found out that total installation is required in order to make the light properly functional.”