December 17, 2009

Indian cricket

Barabati bees get the bird

Nitin Sundar

With sixes flying around at an alarming rate in the India-Sri Lanka series, spectators and fielders alike already have their hands full in trying to stay clear of danger. Those attending the third ODI at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will be relieved to know they have one less peril to worry about during the game. The stadium has been cleared of bee hives by experts. It’s a chronic problem that first made its presence felt during a Ranji fixture in 2007, forcing the players to lie face down on the ground as the bees passed by, before interrupting the India-England ODI last year. The menace is now a thing of the past - the Orissa Cricket Association assures us that the sting has been removed from their attack.

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