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Mrunal Manmay Dash

As the first T20 match between India and South Africa at Barabati stadium in Cuttack is all set to be held on June 12, Twin City Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi on Friday elaborated on details of the security arrangements for the international cricket match.

Addressing a presser, Priyadarshi said, “Our responsibility begins on June 10, the moment players arrive at the Bhubaneswar Airport. Our security arrangements will cover everything including their stay in hotel, practice match and most importantly, on the match day. The players will be provided a security blanket for their movement from the hotel to the Barabati cricket ground and vice versa.”

“As far as the security inside the stadium during the match is concerned, it is nothing new for Odisha police. We have handled numerous cricket matches in the past successfully. And this match will be no exception. An evacuation plan is also ready with us in case of any emergency,” Priyadarshi added.

The meeting also featured the issue of fire safety, which the police will comply with after the fire department informs their requirement to the OCA.

As the booking for the first T20 match will begin on June 1, the CP said, “The sale of tickets will be done under our supervision. There are some tickets that will be sold through offline mode at ticket counters. We will ensure that the law and order situation does not arise during the sale of tickets,” he said.

Elaborating on the traffic arrangements, Priyadarshi said, “Traffic management on the match day will be a big issue. With a capacity of 44,000, Barabati Stadium is expected to receive no less than 15,000 vehicles. So, we have discussed elaborate arrangements for the entry and exit route and their parking.”

It is worth mentioning that Barabati had earlier lost out on hosting India-West Indies first T20I tie of the three-match series scheduled to be played on February 15 in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases in India.

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