West Indies Cricket Team is slated to tour India in December to play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) each. The third ODI at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack has come under serious doubt as the stadium is yet to recover from the damage caused by cyclone Fani.
Fani lashed out in the coastal part of eastern India causing serious damage mainly to Odisha. The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack had no respite as more than 60 lights from the floodlight tower fell down, leaving the stadium in a very difficult situation to host an international match.
Moreover, the New Pavillion and the Gallery No 5 lost their roof and the digital scoreboard also fell down during the untoward incident. Thus, it is almost difficult for the Barabati Stadium to host the game as they look to reconstruct the stadium.
As per reports in SportsCafe, Odisha Cricket Association had asked BCCI for Rs five crores in order to carry on the reconstruction work. The association is trying hard to make the stadium ready to host the game. But surprisingly, BCCI has denied releasing any amount until the end of BCCI AGM on October 23.
One of the functionaries in Odisha Cricket Association said that it is impossible for them to complete the work in one month. He said the bulbs in the floodlights needs to be changed completely so dark clouds remain over the future of the match.
“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,” an OCA functionary told exclusively to SportsCafe.
BCCI was not available to comment on the same and there are no news from BCCI trying to shift the game from Barabati Stadium. The series between India and West Indies will commence from December 6 and will run until December 22.