Vizag One-Day Match Uncertain As Cyclone Kyant Heads Towards Coastal AP

Cyclone Kyant lay 550 km east-southeast of Vizag and it would take another 24 hours to assess its landfall. - Sakshi Post

Vizag: Uncertainty prevails over the One-Day International cricket match between India and New Zealand to be played under floodlights at the Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA stadium in Vizag city this Saturday, as Cyclone Kyant is heading towards AP and might trigger heavy rain in coastal districts of the state on Friday and Saturday.

Weather office said Cyclone Kyant lay 550 km east-southeast of Vizag and it would take another 24 hours to assess its landfall. Cyclone Kyant may trigger rain along with high velocity gusts in Vizag its surroundings on Friday and Saturday.

Cricket lovers hope that the skies would not open up on Saturday and the match will go on smoothly.

"If rain comes on the match day, our groundmen can clear the rain water from the stadium in just two to three hours with super soppers and the advanced drainage system," said Andhra Cricket Association general secretary and BCCI vice-president Gokaraju Gangaraju.

Previously, the ODI between India and West Indies was successfully conducted on November 24, 2013 despite heavy rain had lashed the city due to Cyclone Helen. It had stopped raining just a few hours before the match, but the stadium was cleared.

In the past, a T-20 match between India and New Zealand in the stadium, scheduled for September 8, 2012, was cancelled without a ball being bowled following heavy rain and the ODI between India and West Indies scheduled to be played in Vizag stadium on October 14, 2014 was cancelled as Cyclone Hudhud hit Vizag city on October 12 and damaged the stadium.


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