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Hairdryer, steam iron brought out to dry Guwahati pitch before T20I against Sri Lanka

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 hairdryer and steam iron were used by the groundsmen. 

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 6, 2020 12:20:44 pm
Virat Kohli inspects the pitch after the rain in Guwahati (Source: AP)

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:

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.

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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