Livid with the crowd trouble that marred the second Twenty20 International between India and South Africa in Cuttack, the BCCI today sought a report from the Orissa Cricket Association asking the body to explain why spectators were allowed to carry bottles inside the stadium.
The second T20, which South Africa won by six wickets, was stopped more than once after spectators started throwing bottles on the ground following India’s poor performance.
The match was completed after the trouble-making stands were evacuated.
“In the wake of unruly behaviour by the crowd at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack during the second T20I between India and South Africa on October 5, 2015, the BCCI President, Mr. Shashank Manohar, has asked the Hon. Secretary of Orissa Cricket Association, Mr. Ashirwad Behera, to submit a report on the incident within two days,” the Board said in a statement.
“During the second innings of the match, the spectators at the Barabati Stadium disrupted the game by hurling plastic water bottles on the field of play. As a result, the play had to be stopped for several minutes before most of the spectators were evacuated from the stadium for play to resume.
“Mr. Manohar has asked the state association to explain why the spectators were allowed to carry the bottles inside the stadium, which is against the ICC Guidelines,” it added.
The unruly behaviour of the fans drew unanimous condemnation with former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar among those deploring the incident.