Guwahati: The primary T20 Worldwide between India and Sri Lanka was deserted as a result of moist patches on the monitor, with Assam Cricket Affiliation (ACA) groundsmen failing to forestall the rain water from seeping into the covers.
It began pouring 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time after India skipper received the toss and elected to bowl. The rain spell lasted lower than an hour however the floor couldn’t be ready in time.
The umpires held a number of inspections however the dampness on the pitch didn’t enable a single ball to be bowled, a lot to the frustration of a powerful 35000 crowd at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, which was internet hosting solely its second T20I.
The lower off for a five-over shootout was 9.46 pm however the outfield couldn’t be ready in time and match referee David Boon known as off the match shortly earlier than 10 pm.
The groundsmen toiled exhausting for 2 hours utilizing steam iron, curler, and an enormous drier to clear up the dampness but it surely all turned out to be futile after water leaked into the covers.
Terming it a “school-boy error”, cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra lashed out on the ACA’s negligence, whereas former India opener VVS Laxman known as it an “elementary mistake”.
“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,” Chopra stated.
ACA secretary Devajit Saikia feigned ignorance, saying he has no concept concerning the seepage.
“Official reason is heavy downpour. Two spells of heavy showers did not allow the ground to be ready in such a short time,” Saikia stated.
“I’ve no idea about it. I’ve not spoken to the curator or the groundsmen. Once I speak to them, I will get to know whether there were any lapses,” he added.
The second match of the three-match collection will likely be performed on Tuesday in Indore whereas the ultimate recreation is scheduled to be held in Pune on January 10.
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was out of motion for 4 months as a result of stress fractures in his again, was named within the eleven by Kohli, who received the toss.