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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With Covid-19 taking a back seat and BCCI clearing the decks to do away with the restrictions on the number of audience in the stadiums, the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack is all set to host the upcoming match between hosts India and South Africa on June 12 with full seating capacity of around 45,000 spectators.

An important preparatory meeting between OCA officials, senior members of State Sports Department and the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Commissionerate Police will be held today. It is expected that the decision regarding the hosting of the match with full audience capacity at the stadium will be taken in the meeting.

As per reports, cricket crazy fans across the State are in cloud nine over the development as Barabati is going to host an international tournament nearly after three years.

“We are fully excited for the all important match at Barabati as we will be able to watch international cricketers from close quarters. BCCI has allowed full capacity of the audience at the stadiums after some years,” said a young cricketer.

Meanwhile, preparations at the stadium are in full swing for the much-awaited game between the Proteas and the Men in Blue. The historical stadium is all set to get a facelift ahead of the high-voltage clash.

As per Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) officials, with around three inches of sand filling, the outfield has been made lightning fast.

“The new facility will also ensure a dry outfield immediately following a heavy downpour of rain. It will also be helpful in the quick drainage of water,” said an OCA official adding that the floodlights in the stadium have been equipped with brand new LED lights.

“Similarly, gallery numbers six and seven have been fully repaired. The construction work has been fully completed and both the galleries are fully ready for use,” he added.

As per OCA sources, the price of tickets for the India-South Africa match will be a bit expensive.

“Around 19 per cent GST tax will be added along with the ticket price and hence it will be a bit expensive,” said OCA Secretary Sanjay Behera.

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