Hotels gear up to receive cricketers
HOTEL FORTUNE Landmark, which will be hosting the England and Indian cricket teams, is fully geared up to ensure that their stay from April 13 to April 16 is hassle-free. The last and final one-day match in the seven-match series would be played on April 15 at the Usha Raje cricket grounds here.india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 14:44 IST
HOTEL FORTUNE Landmark, which will be hosting the England and Indian cricket teams, is fully geared up to ensure that their stay from April 13 to April 16 is hassle-free. The last and final one-day match in the seven-match series would be played on April 15 at the Usha Raje cricket grounds here.
Almost the entire hotel has been booked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Of the total 87 rooms, about 70 have been reserved for the two cricket teams, BCCI members, umpires, commentary team and crew and other VIPs.
While the food to be served to the teams is as per strict BCCI guidelines, minor changes are being made in the hotel to accommodate the players, especially the English players. The normal sized beds are being converted into 7 x 7 feet so that players like Freddy Flintoff and his other teams can stretch their legs comfortably.
As per the special guidelines, the food to be served to players should be nutritious, oil-free, less spicy and low calorie.
Fortune Landmark food and beverage manager Manohar Gurung told Hindustan Times that an expert chef would be called for the event, as the hotel does not want to take any risk. He said lunch, breakfast and all the food services at the Usha Raje cricket stadium would also be served from the hotel kitchen.
“As far as players’ security is concerned, all floors would be sealed and blocked by security guards. The hotel staff would be provided with photo identity cards and nobody would be allowed to get in without valid permission and identity cards. Two halls have also been booked for the two teams for team discussions. Other security measures would be taken according to protocol laid out by the police administration,” added Gurung.
He, however, said that other customers coming to the hotel on these days would face no inconvenience, as special attention had been paid to ensure that they were able to move about freely on the ground floor.
To cash in on the cricket fever, the hotel is also organising a cricket food festival in which the restaurant would be transformed into a makeshift cricket pavilion and dishes named after various cricket terminologies would be served from April 7 to April 17.
Similarly, another hotel gearing up to welcome people associated with cricket is Hotel President Planet, where about 85 rooms have been booked for the purpose. The VIP guests include BCCI members, television crews and cricket fans.
President Planet manager Milind Malay informed that 25 rooms have been booked for television crews while 10 rooms have been booked by BCCI. Fifty more rooms have been booked by cricket fans, who would arrive ahead of the match. He also said that hotel security had been tightened and special instructions have been given to the staff.
Hotel chef Subodh Sinha, an expert in continental cuisine, would serve low-cal food and juice and other dishes according to BCCI guidelines. Indian dishes with white gravy like Malai kofta and methi muttor malai would be served along with lasagna-de-legume and other continental delicacies. ‘No non-vegetarian food would be served to the guests,’ Subodh added.