In an attempt to save the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday from being abandoned due to rain, a hairdryer and steam iron among the tools that were used to try dry off damp patches on Guwahati pitch. The first of the three T20I series between India and Sri Lanka was finally abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Rain delayed play after the toss but leaky covers led to play being called off as water seeped through holes onto the pitch.
At first, a light roller and a vacuum cleaner were used to dry the pitch. Umpires Chettithody Shamshuddin, Nitin Menon and Anil Kumar Chaudhary then inspected the pitch and outfield, but weren’t happy with the conditions.
The umpires were seen having a word with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri before calling off play. Kohli also inspected the pitch as the hairdryer and steam iron were by the groundsmen in a final attempt to dry the pitch.
On Twitter, cricket fans had a field day mocking the arrangements:
Google : “A hair dryer, hairdryer or blow dryer is an electromechanical device that blows ambient or hot air over damp hair to speed the evaporation of water to dry the hair”
Indian Groundstaff : Hold my beer pic.twitter.com/2slcMwgvag
— Shanilka 🇱🇰 (@ShanilkaCR) January 5, 2020
The richest and most powerful Cricket board in the world…
Using a hairdryer to try and dry the pitch….
— Jimbob (@Cricketjim84) January 5, 2020
— OM Rajpurohit (@omrajguru) January 5, 2020
— jitendra Nath Kashyap (@jnkpjjitu) January 5, 2020
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) January 5, 2020
1980 – will have flying cars in 2020
— sarcastic_dude (@_dhamo) January 5, 2020
India had won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a packed stadium and the crowd continued to wait for the match to start despite the rain delay. Former cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra was among those who commented on the plight of the fans.
Really feel for the fans. Came in huge numbers. Braved the rain and the cold. Stayed there for over 4 hours. And didn’t even get a glimpse of their stars in action. That’s when it didn’t rain after 8pm and the outfield was dry. #IndvSL #Guwahati
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 5, 2020
Chopra also wasn’t very happy with the arrangements at Barasapara Stadium. “It’s nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can’t have an excuse at this level,” the former cricketer said.
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