Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has selected well-known model and Odia actress Sunita Garabadu to anchor T20 World Cup matches to be played at Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) stadium at Nagpur.

Sunita has successfully anchored four World Cup T20 qualifying matches at VCA stadium so far.

She has also anchored several major sporting events like Indian Premier League (IPL), Champions Trophy Hockey and Hockey India League (HIL).

Talking over phone from Nagpur, Sunita thanked OTV and the people of Odisha and said it is a great opportunity for her as she had been selected for the mega sporting event.

“I must say I have been selected for this event on the basis of my performance and experience in the IPL, Champions Trophy Hockey and HIL. Prior to this, I was in constant touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) since last few years and had associated myself in each sporting event it has conducted in Odisha and Vishakhapatnam. I think my long association with the BCCI has finally paid off. Apart from experience, one must have the knowledge of the sport which matters most,” she added.

Asked about her preparation for the World Cup T20 opening match between India and New Zealand at Nagpur on March 15, Sunita said since India is involved in this match, the enthusiasm among the people here is unbelievable.

She, however, said she would be neutral in her anchoring.

“Though I am a die-hard fan of Team India, I cannot support my home team. Since I will be anchoring on behalf of ICC, I have to be neutral. I have to support both the Indian and the New Zealand teams. But I must say I am on cloud 9 that I will be anchoring a match which involves India."

A graduate from BJB Autonomous College, Sunita did a course from Air Hostess Academy. Apart from anchoring, she is also a model and has worked in several TV serials and in a couple of Odia films.