BCCI orders Orissa Cricket association to submit its report on Cuttack Crowd Disruption within 48 hours.
South Africa’s fiery bowling and dynamic fielding restricted India to their second-lowest score in Twenty20 internationals as the visitors won the second match by six wickets amid crowd trouble to bag the series on Monday.
All-rounder Albie Morkel marked his return to the South Africa team after 18 months with bowling figures of 3-12 as the hosts were skittled for 92 in the 18th over, their lowest after being bundled out for 74 against Australia in Melbourne in 2008.
The match suffered a delay of close to an hour after fans, angry about the performance of the home team, started hurling plastic bottles onto the ground.
Supporters at the sold-out Barabati Stadium threw bottles during the change of innings and again when South Africa were batting, forcing the players off with the visitors 70 for three in 13.2 overs and closing in on the victory.
The first bottle throwing incident came in the break between innings India were bowled out for 92, their lowest T20I total at home and did not interrupt play. The second came after 11 overs of South Africa’s chase and stopped play for 27 minutes. The Players remained in the middle through the delay and play resumed at 10 pm, with security personnel lining the boundaries. However, a third wave of bottle throwing two overs later forced them off. Play resumed after a 24-minute hold-up once the police had cleared the section of the crowd causing the disruption.
South Africa required another 4.1 overs, which passed without further incident, to complete the chase and seal the series 2-0.
The incident is the first case for the BCCI’s new president, Shashank Manohar, to handle and there would be several points of concern for the board in how the situation was dealt with on the spot in Cuttack.
The matter did not come up at the post-match presentation ceremony though both captains were interviewed by the broadcasters and could have been asked for their thoughts on it.
The issue was raised at the subsequent press conference, however, and prompted this response from India’s captain MS Dhoni said “Frankly, from a safety point of view, I don’t think there was a very serious threat. A few of the powerful people from the crowd were good enough to throw the bottles inside the rope. So the umpires thought it was better that players go off the field for a while. The reaction of the crowd, you know, we didn’t play well, so at times you get reactions like this. It’s only the first bottle. After that, they start throwing for fun. We shouldn’t read too much into it. I still remember we played in Vishakhapatnam once, we won the game very easily, and that time also a lot of bottles were thrown. It starts with the first bottle, and after that, you know, it is more fun for the spectators if they start doing it and following it.”
The BCCI President Mr. Shashank Manohar has asked the state association to explain why spectators were allowed to carry bottles inside the stadium, which is against the ICC Guidelines.