Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Ensuring players’ security would be top priority for the police commissionerate when India play Australia at the Barabati stadium on the 26th of October this year, commissioner RP Sharma told media persons after a preparatory meeting held this afternoon here.
The meeting held at the commissionerate headquarters on Thursday afternoon was attended by the officials of the Odisha cricket Association (OCA) and senior police officers of the twin city.
“Players’ security will be our first priority”, said Sharma adding that tight security arrangement would be in place at the airport, hotels where the teams would stay and also in and around the stadium.
Sharma said nearly 74 CCTV cameras were installed during last ODI match at Barabati . “This time its number would be doubled” Sharma said adding the, DCPs of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar would be in charge of the security arrangements in the twin city.
The 5th day and night ODI match between India and Australia is scheduled to be held on October 26 this year at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. The players of both the teams will be arriving in Bhubaneswar on October 24 and have their net practice sessions at Barabati Stadium on October 25 .
OCA secretary Ashirbad Behera who was part of the preparatory meeting said, “New systems like bar coding have been introduced to check duplication of entry tickets. Tickets will be sold both online and through banks. Online sale of tickets will be handled by Ticketgenie Solutions Pvt. Ltd”.
Stating that the present seating capacity of Barabati Stadium is about 45,000, Behera said, “We have decided to print 44,455 tickets. The total number of tickets to be sold is 32,990, out of which 20,350 will be available for public and the rest12,640 tickets would be reserved for for BCCI sponsors, OCA members, affiliated units of the OCA, staff, advertisers and affiliated state units of BCCI”. Unsold tickets for the reserved categories shall be made available to the public sale, he said.