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Cheergirls to charm specators during India-Lanka Barabati ODI

cricket Updated: Nov 06, 2009 22:43 IST

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Despite threats from a local group, cheergirls would be seen during the third ODI between India and Sri Lanka on December 21, the Orissa Cricket Association announced on Friday.

"We will have cheergirls at the stadium for amusement of audience. However, they will not be Odissi dancers", OCA secretary Asirbad Behera told reporters after the preparatory meeting with the commissioner of police in Bhubaneswar.

The cheer girls would perform to the tune of popular Oriya songs.

Earlier, Kalinga Sena, a local socio-political outfit, had threatened to damage pitches if the OCA introduced cheergirls at Barabati saying the concept was contrary to the state's culture and tradition.

"We have insured the ground and other properties along with spectators with Oriental Insurance Company Ltd", he said.

Stating that there would be no compromise on security, Commissioner of Police B K Sharma said all arrangements would be made for transportation of players, most of whom were provided with 'Z or Z Plus' category security.

"We have been taking all measures to prevent any kind of possible terrorist activities", Sharma said.

The capacity of the stadium has been increased to 40,000 from 31,000 audience.