Will it Rain in Cuttack? ‘Chance is Fifty-Fifty’

Cuttack: Ahead of the second international T20 match here between India and South Africa on Sunday, the Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) in Bhubaneswar has not ruled out the possibility of a wave or two of rain during the evening, but it will not affect the match.

The chance is 50:50. We can’t say for sure that there will be no rain in Cuttack on Sunday evening. RMC Director Bhubaneswar HR Biswas told PTI that there may be a small wave of rain but there is no possibility of any heavy rain.

Biwas said the sky would still be overcast. “There may be thunderstorms from thunderstorms in the evening and it will be known about three to four hours in advance. However, there will be no heavy rain that can affect the match.

An official of the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) said that preparations have been made to tackle the situation.

“In consultation with the BCCI technical committee, we have created a sand-based ground to improve drainage. OCA has purchased rain cover for the entire FOP (field of play) area from England. Apart from that, it has also purchased a Super Super Ground from Australia. He said the preparations for the ground will be ready. Even if it rains all day.

The international cricket event, which comes to Odisha after a break of two and a half years, has generated a lot of enthusiasm among the cricket fans here.

The madness was palpable on Saturday when players from both teams trained at Parapati Stadium here.

Match day does not appear to be match day. A packed stadium here in Cuttack To watch the #TeamIndia train, BCCI has tweeted and shared photos of players training against the backdrop of a sea of ​​spectators.

A previous international cricket match was held at Parapati Stadium in Cuttack between India and West Indies on December 22, 2019.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government in a statement urged sports fans coming to watch the match to take adequate precautionary measures to protect themselves from heat waves like conditions, and to wear masks throughout the match.

Police Commissioner, SK Priyadarshi, said mask-wearing is mandatory. None of them will be allowed into Parapati Stadium on Sunday without a mask.

Anything that could be used as projectiles such as water bottles, lighters, matches and helmets is prohibited inside the stadium.

Pinak Mishra, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Cuttack, said the words “No Mask No Entry” were clearly written on the match tickets and spectators were asked not to bring coins, knives and other items.

Only cell phones and sunglasses will be allowed inside the stadium, he said, adding that no food will also be allowed into the stadium.

Food will only be available in kiosks set up by OCA, which have also made bespoke arrangements for potable water in the suites.

Mishra said that around 62 platoons (one platoon of 30 personnel) of police will be deployed during the match, for which the draw will take place at 6:30 pm. The gates of Parapati Stadium will open for spectators to enter from 3 pm on Sunday.

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