India vs SA T20I in Barabati: Mandatory masks for spectators, several prohibited items | Details here

Cuttack: The stage is set for the second T20 international match between India and South Africa to be played tomorrow (June 12) at the iconic Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

Both teams are due to attend training sessions at the Barabati pitch today. Ahead of the crucial match, the police station said on Saturday it had drawn up elaborate plans for the safety of players as well as spectators.

Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi said today that visitors to the stadium will be required to put on masks, amid a rise in COVID cases in some parts of the country. Violators will be strictly penalized, he said during the security review at the site today.

A crowd of around 50,000 inside the stadium and 20,000 outside are expected to gather for the long-awaited game. Likewise, at least 20,000 two-wheelers are likely to be parked at five designated sites in Cuttack.

According to Cuttack DCP Pinak Mishra, the gates of Barabati Stadium will be open for spectators to enter from 3pm tomorrow. Fans will enter the stadium through the gates mentioned in their respective tickets.

Senior police officials at the precinct said several throwable items like water bottles, batons, lighters and helmets have been banned from inside the stadium.

Mishra said spectators should keep their helmets on in the parking lot. No bottled water will be allowed as the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has made adequate arrangements to provide drinking water inside the stadium. Spectators will also not be allowed to carry food inside the stadium.

“We urge spectators not to bring electronic equipment, sharp objects and coins as well. Only mobile phones will be permitted. In line with BCCI guidelines, the OCA has also called on spectators to wear face masks and there will be no entry without a mask. All police personnel will also wear masks,” Mishra added.