In the aftermath of the very severe cyclonic storm Phailin that hit Orissa and left lakhs of people homeless on Saturday, there is a major rebuilding and rehabilitation task ahead for the state.
However, one thing that could prove to be a happy distraction for the people of the state is that the fifth One-Day International between India and Australia, scheduled to be held on October 26 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, is still on.
Confirming this development, Orissa Cricket Association media manager Anjan Kumar Khuntia told Mail Today that there was no problem with hosting the ODI.
“Nothing big happened here in Cuttack. There was just a lot of rain over the last couple of days. But today, the weather was actually very nice,” he said on Monday.
“There hasn’t been any damage, and none of our preparations have been hampered much. There will be no problem with the match, since it is still 12 days away.” According to estimates, a total of 90 lakh people were affected in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh when the cyclone, with wind speeds of up to 220 km/h, hit land on Saturday night.
However, due to disaster preparedness, the number of casualties was kept down to 25. Owing to Orissa’s unique position beside the Bay of Bengal, the state gets a lot of turbulent weather. Though Cuttack, which is an hour away from capital Bhubaneswar and juts out into the Mahanadi river delta, is about 85 kilometres away from the nearest sea coast, it still gets its fair share of rains, which have caused a few problems to cricket in the past.
The Barabati Stadium has hosted two Tests and 16 completed ODIs, but out of these, one Test (against New Zealand in 1995) and three ODIs were affected by the weather.
In addition, a Titan Cup match between India and Australia was set to be held in the city in 1996, but had to be abandoned without the toss being held. This match doesn’t count as an official ODI. The stadium has been great for India in terms of results, though, with the hosts winning 10 of the 14 ODIs hosted there.
Since 2007, when it returned to the BCCI rotation after a four-year hiatus, Cuttack has hosted four ODIs, with India winning all of them. They beat West Indies in 2007, England in 2008, Sri Lanka in 2009 and the West Indies again in 2011.
Fifth Ind-Aus ODI on despite cycloneBy Shreyas Sharma | Mail Today – Tue 15 Oct, 2013 8:44 AM IST
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