After an embarrassing behaviour by cricket fans in Cuttack in the second T20, Kanpur police does not want similar acts and have hence decided to ban water bottles, metallic objects and tiffin carriers in the opening one-dayer, which is scheduled for 11 October.
The ugly scenes in Cuttack drew an embarrassing picture as the match had to be stopped twice due to bottles being thrown at the venue. The scenario had gone out of hand that the stands had to be cleared for the match to be completed.
The Kanpur administration are taking all measures so nothing untoward reaches the field as they are also putting up a 10 feet net in front of the stands. "Water bottles, tiffins and any metallic object will not be allowed inside the stadium," PTI quoted Kanpur Police SSP Shalabh Mathur as saying.
Most of the grounds in India do not allow bottles and other objects inside the stadium and those spectators, who do possess such items are asked to forfeit them at the security gates. However, the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) allowed water bottles for the spectators due to the hot climate in Cuttack.
OCA secretary Asirbad Behara was disappointed that some people misused the bottles to throw. "We decided to let spectators carry water bottles so that they can cope better with the sweltering heat and not have to climb down three storeys every time they had to drink water," Behara told ESPNcricinfo.
"But some of them decided to misuse the bottles. No way will we think of providing comfort to the spectators in future. The episode also tells up to be extra-vigilant in future to avoid any such instances. We will take all the precautionary measures possible," he added.