Odisha’s Barabati stadium in Cuttack regained Test venue status after 21 years and can now host the longest format of the game.
It was decided at the BCCI Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai today. It was informed by the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Secretary Ashirbad Behera.
The process got delayed after the bottle throwing incident in the stadium (during a T20 International against South Africa in October 2015). Spectators had hurled water bottles at players during the Twenty20 International match between India and South Africa at Barabati Stadium on October 5, 2015.
Notably, Barabati stadium has already hosted two Test matches way back in 1987 and 1995.
The first Test match at the stadium was played between India and Sri Lanka in 1987. India had won that match by an innings and 67 runs. Kapil Dev had taken his 300th Test wicket in the match by dismissing Rumesh Ratnayake of Sri Lanka.
The second match at the venue was played between India and New Zealand in 1995 which ended in a draw.
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