Incessant rainfall for the past few days in the city led to the postponement of the first qualifier of IPL 7 between hosts Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab scheduled at the Eden Gardens.
The match will now be held at the same venue at 4 pm on Wednesday. In case the weather holds up in time, there is a possibility of a five-overs per side game by 9:10 pm latest.
At 5:15 pm on Tuesday, on-field umpires Nigel Llong and S Ravi had an inspection along with curator Prabir Mukherjee.
After consultations, the trio were unanimous in their decision that no play would be possible as the ground would not be ready in time for a minimum five-overs per side match.
As per the playing conditions and rules of IPL, in the event that a five-overs per side game is not possible, the fate of the match will be decided on the basis of ‘Super Over’.
In case Super Over is not possible, then Kings XI Punjab by virtue of winning 11 matches in the league stage compared to KKR’s nine games, will go through to the finals.
However KKR will have another shot at final as they will be playing the second qualifier against the winner of the ‘Eliminator’ between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, on May 30.
As per IPL media advisory, the spectators, who have bought the tickets for today’s game can watch the match using the same ticket.
“Ticketholders who purchased tickets for the original match day will be able to enter the stadium on Wednesday on presentation of their original ticket (with the bar code intact) at the turnstiles. Gates will open at 2:00pm.”
“Refunds will only be made to ticket purchasers if the match is cancelled without a ball being bowled – on either of the original day or the reserve day as per the terms and conditions which are stipulated on the tickets. If appropriate, a separate announcement will be made regarding the detailed procedures for obtaining a refund.”
The Eden Gardens has a full cover for the entire ground but the low pressure-induced downpour since Sunday afternoon meant it had stayed under the thick cover and the CAB says it needs at least six hours of a dry spell to dry it up.
“Even if we don’t get a bright sunny day, a dry spell of five-six hours in the morning would be enough to make the ground ready,” CAB joint-secretary Subir Ganguly told reporters after the match was postponed to the reserve day.
Ganguly, who is also a IPL governing council member, said he suggested Match Referee Roshan Mahanama to make an official announcement before they open the gate to avoid spectators’ harassment.
“We did not want a situation when spectators get in and face unnecessary harassment.
We could have pressed for five overs a side match but since we had a reserve day, why take chances?” continued…