Barabati fiasco: Odisha Cricket Association submits report to BCCI

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cricket Association today submitted the report sought by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over crowd indiscipline during the T20 match between India and South Africa.

Earlier, taking a strong note of the unruliness of the crowd during the India-South Africa T20 cricket match at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, the BCCI has asked the OCA to submit a report on the incident.

According to sources, BCCI chief Shashank Manohar has asked the OCA to submit a report within 48 hours.

Reacting on the development, OCA secretary Ashirwad Behera had said that the association will submit the report today and will inform them that such incidents will not happen in future.

Behera further added that in future water bottles will not be allowed into the field and expressed hope that BCCI will be satisfied with the report.

Behera also said that BCCI questioned the decision to allow water bottles in to the ground and the association clarified that the decision was taken on humanitarian ground.

Yesterday, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik while expressing resentment over the ruckus at the Barabati stadium on account of crowd throwing plastic water bottles at the playground and disrupting the T20 match between India and South Africa on Monday night, asked the principal secretary, Home, to probe into the unsavoury incident and submit a report within a month.

Presiding over a high-level review meeting at the State Secretariat here, the chief minister asked the senior police officials, present at the meeting, as to under what circumstances the spectators were allowed to carry water bottles inside the stadium.

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