An overcast sky forward of India’s T20 fixture in opposition to South Africa at Guwahati on Sunday has made organisers and followers anxious, bringing again recollections of the final worldwide cricket match on the venue that needed to be deserted after heavy rain. Enthusiasm has been excessive amongst folks within the run as much as the match, with all tickets being offered out for the primary worldwide cricket sport because the COVID-19 pandemic. The final worldwide fixture at Barsapara Stadium at Guwahati was an India-Sri Lanka T20 match on January 5, 2020, which was referred to as off because of persistent rain.
At a pre-match media interplay, India head coach Rahul Dravid mentioned it is nice to see followers again within the stadium.
“Since June, when issues opened up, each time we play in India, each stadium has been packed. That is a fantastic factor. I’m certain the boys actually recognize the followers cheering for them, hopefully supporting good cricket. I believe it is a wicket that might help good cricket,” Dravid mentioned.
The regional meteorological centre has forecast a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershower for Guwahati on Sunday.
The organisers, in the meantime, mentioned they’ve put in place all preparations to minimise time loss within the occasion of rain.
The Assam Cricket Affiliation (ACA) has imported two “extraordinarily light-weight” pitch covers from the US. It already has round 20 covers at its disposal.
“These imported covers make sure that water or moisture doesn’t seep into the pitch,” ACA secretary Devajit Saikia had mentioned.
The stadium can accommodate round 39,000 folks.
Saikia additionally mentioned extra measures are being deliberate for crowd administration because the match schedule coincides with the Durga Puja days and Gandhi Jayanti.
Earlier within the day, Indian cricketers Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav visited the well-known Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal hill.
They have been escorted to the ‘Shaktipeeth’ underneath excessive safety cowl, officers mentioned.
Each posed for images with followers earlier than returning to the lodge.
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