IPL team visits Chhattisgarh to assess stadium

March 19th, 2009 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

Raipur, March 18 (IANS) A three-member team of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Wednesday visited the Chhattisgarh capital to assess the facilities at a 60,000-seating capacity cricket stadium here.
“The team led by Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament director Dhiraj Malhotra inspected the facilities at the stadium at Parsada village (on the outskirts of Raipur),” Baldev Singh Bhatia, president of the Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS), told IANS.

“The team expressed satisfaction about facilities at the stadium, the members said they want to hold a few matches of the second edition of the IPL at Raipur starting next month,” Bhatia added.

Bhatia said the Chhattisgarh government has assured fool-proof security to players and officials.

Last week, Chief Minister Raman Singh spoke to IPL commissioner Lalit Modi over phone to formally offer to host a few IPL matches amid reports that several states were reluctant to provide security for the Twenty20 matches as it coincides with the Lok Sabha poll dates.

The stadium complex is spread over 50 acres. It has an electronic score board, nine pitches and a car parking which can hold 6,000 four-wheelers besides 11 ticket plazas.

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