Barabati indiscipline: CM calls for emergency meeting

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Expressing grave concern over the unruly crowd behaviour during the second T20 match between India and South Africa at Barabati stadium in Cuttack on Monday night, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has called for an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the incident in detail.

Sources said the chief minister will have a meeting with senior police officials and the office bearers of the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) which will begin at 5.30 PM.

Meanwhile, former Team India manager and president of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Ranjib Biswal on Tuesday described the unruly crowd behaviour at Barabati stadium as grossly unfortunate.

“Out of nearly 45,000 spectators, a few unruly spectators are responsible for the incident. Usually 99% people come to the stadium with an intention to see and enjoy the match while one percent people indulge in such unethical practices which was seen last night. The vandalism of these people has deeply hurt the sentiments of the cricket lovers of the state as well as the OCA”, Biswal told the media here.

He said the OCA, prior to this T20 match, has already organized 23 one-day international matches and other international matches in Barabati stadium.

“This is the first such incident in this stadium. We will definitely take appropriate action. For these few unruly spectators, we will impose restrictions on other spectators to whom OCA had provided facilities inside the stadium in the next matches”, Biswal informed.

Admitting that the incident will definitely have a negative impact as the people across the world must have watched it, he said the OCA will have a meeting with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) and tell them that this was the only incident at the Barabati stadium.

“Besides, we will also tell them about the measures to be taken by us to ensure that there would no such incidents in future”, he added.

Replying to a question on the throwing of plastic water bottles, Biswal said OCA had made arrangements to provide plastic water bottles to the spectators purely on humanitarian ground.

“We had decided to provide water bottles to the spectators considering that they would feel thirsty after sitting inside the stadium for over five hours. While these water bottles were meant for drinking water, these people misused them by throwing them at the officials and players which speaks volume of their weak mentality, Biswal pointed out.”

Admitting that this was a wrong decision of the OCA to provide water bottles to the spectators, he said henceforth, there would be no provision of water bottles or other things which the spectators cannot throw.

“There will be provision for water. We will set up water taps and provide water to the people in plastic glass, Biswal said”.