rains threaten the 26 october india-australia cuttack match
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 24 October
Torrential downpours and forecast of more rains over the next 24 hours due to a low pressure greeted the Indian and Australian cricket teams which arrived here today for their next ODI at Cuttack on 26 October.
Almost everybody, barring the Odisha Cricket Association members and the players, have given up hopes of even a ball being bowled at Barabati Stadium on 26 October.
As such, the outfield is soggy. Nobody is certain about the condition of the pitch which is under covers. The OCA authorities, however, insist that it has been well covered and there is very little chance of seepage of water or damage to the pitch. The worry according to them is the condition of the outfield. If it doesn’t rain tomorrow, we will be able to get the match going day after. We will press all available means to dry the outfield, including using helicopters if necessary, said OCA secretary Ashirvad Behera.
Over the last four days, it has been raining heavily at Cuttack. Today the town received more than 70mm rains. The OCA has been battling against the weather, it has dug up four wells along the outfield to drain the water and then pump it out. Yet all this, as of now, appears to be a vain battle against the elements which are beyond the everyone&’s control. Fans , in the meanwhile, thronged the hotel here to get a glimpse of star players as they were accorded a traditional welcome at the hotel.