Barabati ODI match set for cops friendly show

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Commissionerate Police has put in place a slew of innovative measures at Barabati Stadium where India will meet West Indies for the ODI series decider on Sunday. For the convenience of public a police aid post has been set up at each gallery. An inspector rank officer will be in-charge of the post and will be equipped with a megaphone. Officers have been asked to make regular announcements and urge spectators to visit police aid post in case of any inconvenience.

“The idea is to minimise any inconvenience to the spectators and give them the best opportunity to enjoy the match,” a senior police officer said.

Officers have also been tasked to encourage the spectators to maintain law and order as it is a matter of pride for the Silver City to host an international cricket match. At each gallery, about 15 to 20 police personnel will also be deployed. Since spectators are not be allowed to carry water bottles and food items into the stadium, police have asked Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) to ensure that food items are not sold at exorbitant prices.

The association has been instructed to deploy adequate staff to clean the toilets at regular intervals and engage staff to clean the garbage at each gallery on an hourly basis. “There must not be pile of refuges or garbage which spectators use to hurl when they are irritated,” he added.

Ban on carrying water bottles and food items to the stadium was imposed after the October 5, 2015 incident when some spectators threw bottles to the ground during the T20 match between India and South Africa. Commissionerate Police has also planned not to make obtrusive security arrangement. “In a stadium, with international players, officials, visitors and thousands of sports-loving spectators, deploying uniformed policemen does not send the right signal. Hence, the idea is to remain low-profile yet effective,” the senior police officer said.

About 350 police personnel in T-shirts will be deployed at the venue to maintain law and order situation, he added.While a fan zone has been created for the spectators, the officials and other dignitaries will be welcomed by a team at the VIP box.

History of the development of the Barabati Stadium

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Barabati Stadium in Cuttack only hosted the third International Day in the country, in January 1982, when India defeated England with five goals to lift the series 2-1. In the first Test match here, five seasons later, the Sri Lankans were greeted with an unprepared wicket that gave a very unexpected bounce. Dilip Vengsarkar, who was then at the peak of his most troublesome career, scored his highest Test score 166, fourth century in eight Tests, when there were no other batsmen on either side crossing 60. The people of Lanka rolled twice when India won the innings and 67 wins. Kapil Dev pocketed his 300 Test victim, batting Rumesh Ratnayake with a ball that failed to sit.

The only other Test match here, against New Zealand in 1995-1996, was severely affected by the rain, giving less than 180 overs playing time. Narendra Hirwani, on a comeback trip, took 6 for 59 in the New Zealand innings, the best bowling figure here.

Although this is no longer one of the regular Test venues, it still enjoys the status of an international venue and regularly hosts One-Day International. India has won one of the two Test matches played here, and has an 11-4 win-loss record in ODI.

The Barabati stadium is one of the oldest reasons in India, having hosted several tour teams – including MCC, the West Indies team, and Australia – before hosting its first international match, he only hosted an international match one third day. in this country, in January 1982, when India put it in England with five goals to lift the series 2-1. It hosted the Test match the first time five years later in which India played host to Sri Lanka. Although this is not one of the regular Test spots anymore, she continues to enjoy the status of international venues and regularly hosts One-Day Internationals, she also hosts the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Continue reading “History of the development of the Barabati Stadium”