Rashmi Ranjan

Come June 12, Odisha will witness the battle between India and South Africa on the 22 yards at the historical Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. 

Excitement among fans has reached the zenith as both India and South Africa teams arrived in Bhubaneswar ahead of their crucial T20 international match. 

The players of both the teams were escorted to the hotel from Biju Patnaik international airport amidt tight security. 

Meanwhile, special arrangements have been made at the hotel to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for the players of the two teams and match officials.

A lavish spread of authentic Odia food along with south Indian dishes is being laid out for team India and the Proteas. 

Hotel Mayfair where both the teams are staying has planned the menu for the 4-day stay of the players as per diet charts received by the management. 

According to sources, the players of both the teams will be served low-calorie sweets, dosa, uttapam, idli, puri in their breakfast.  Besides, traditional Odia dishes like chakuli, kakara, manda and chenapoda are also there in the menu.

"We have made platters to welcome the players which will have their photographs on it. The payers will be served with sugar-free cakes and welcome drinks upon their arrival at the hotel," Mrudal Mandal, head chef of Hotel May Fair said.

"When it comes to buffet, a variety of soup, chart, pasta, biriyani and many more will be served. Besides, seasonal fruits, and varieties of fruit juices will be offered to the players of the teams. Moreover, there are Italian, Mexican, Continental and Indian cuisines along with traditional Odia delicacies in the menu," he added.