Watch as police controls the crowd with lathi charge as a stampede-like situation breaks out at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
A chaotic situation erupted at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack in anticipation of the second T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday. According to a report in Odhisa TV, the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack witnessed a stampede-like situation after at least nine counters opened for the offline ticket sale on Wednesday. The situation was, then, taken care of by the local police who opened up lathi charge to bring the cricket crazy fans in the Millenium City in control.
The video footage captured by Odisha TV shows cricket crazy fans pushing each other to get ahead in the queue and grab their tickets for the much-awaited clash. Around 12,000 people were present at the venue as the chaos majorly broke out in front of counter no. 3 which was exclusively meant for the women supporters. Check out the video of the situation below.
The cricket fans who turned out in large numbers spoke about the situation later in an interview to Odisha TV. One of the fans said that she has been waiting for the counter to open since 3 am while another fan blamed the management for the chaos that broke out as soon as the offline ticket sales went ahead.
“We have been waiting here since 3 am last night. However, the management has been worse here and police are not able to maintain discipline and law and order in the counters. The queues have been derailed and we are frustrated and helpless now,” a fan told Odisha TV.
“It’s a complete failure of management. Those who don’t have any kind of knowledge about cricket have crowded the place leading to a chaos. We have been waiting here patiently for the last 10 hours to purchase tickets. But now we are hopeless,” said another fan.
India will host their first match in Cuttack after a gap of five years on June 12. South African players have complained about the scorching heat in Delhi but they will be welcomed to a much cooler climate in the eastern state of India. The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has, meanwhile, assured that they make the most of their opportunity to turn the clash into a memorable one.