A PIL has been filed in the Orissa High Court on Wednesday demanding the cancellation of the second T20I between India and South Africa scheduled to be held at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on June 12. The petition alleged that the international standard stadium with a seating capacity of 44,000 people lacks adequate fire safety as per the Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2017, and Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety (Amendment) Rules, 2019.
This upcoming 5-match India-South Africa T20I series will be witnessing a full capacity crowd at the various stadiums across the country and will be played without any bio-bubbles, though the players will be tested before each and every match and at noted intervals.
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The first T20I is scheduled to be played at Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi on June 9, the second T20I at Barabati Stadium in Orissa on June 12, third T20I at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on June 14, the fourth ODI will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on June 17 and the fifth and concluding T20I will be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on June 19.
According to reports, Sanjay Nayak, who belongs to the Bhuban area in the Dhenkanal district has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court claiming that the Barabati Stadium lacks adequate fire safety measures. The stadium has a capacity of 45,000 people. The petitioner has sought the order of the court for the cancellation of the match. The petitioner has filed the PIL against the Odisha Government, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Odisha Cricket Association (OCA), and 12 others parties in the case.
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Apart from this, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC), acting on a petition filed by Nishikanta Mishra, had recently sought a report from concerned authorities about the fire safety procedures at the Barabati Stadium in Orrisa. The commission had issued notice to the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) and DCP, Cuttack.
This has led to the OCA secretary Sanjay Behera stating that satisfactory fire safety arrangements will be made at the stadium to avoid any unfortunate event during the international match.