The Odisha Cricket Association, which witnessed a rowdy crowd showing their anger by throwing water bottles in ground post India’s disappointing performance in the second T20I against South Africa 2015, is now taking each and every step to prevent any further ignominy ahead of the second ODI between India-England.
At that time, doubts were raised that Cuttack might not host an international game after the incident. Legendary Sunil Gavaskar even demanded a ban on Cuttack ground for such a behavior from the fans, but the BCCI welcomed international cricket back to the country after a gap of one year and the Barabati stadium is set to an international game, the second ODI against England on January 19.
Taking a lesson from the last ignominy, the state association is taking extra precautionary measures as the association has already banned water bottles in the stadium. The association has hired a water company to solve this issue and separate volunteers have been appointed who will be serving water in the stands. The fans will be seated in the stands according to the numbering on the tickets matching to the seats, so as to recognise the disturbing element in the crowd. There is also a netting in front of the stands, which will not allow any object from the ground to enter the stadium.
The state board has doubled the number of cameras in the stadium to 150. There will be more than 1500 security personnel in the stadium other than policemen, who will be tracking the movement of the crowd.
All these extra precautionary measures are being taken by the state board for the smooth functioning of the game as this game is an opportunity for Barabati stadium to redeem its lost reputation.