With Nagpur in the rain for the past few days, the bosses of the Vidarbha Cricket Association spend their days in apprehension as rain is also forecast for match day. Match tickets at the 45,000-seat stadium are already sold out and they will have to refund buyers in case the match does not go ahead.
Both teams landed at orange city Wednesday afternoon and were greeted by heavy rain in the evening and overnight. There were showers early Thursday morning and although the rain eased off around 10 a.m., heavy cloud cover over the city means there is still a threat of rain.
In such conditions, the sun didn’t even bother to glance over the City, further reducing the chances of the ground drying out on Thursday itself.
Early morning rain forced Australia and India to cancel their scheduled afternoon and evening training session. The players skipped the stadium, indulging in a light gym session at the team hotel.
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Gardeners took the covers off around noon to check, but with the threat of drizzle imminent, put them back on soon. According VCA officials, they run the super supper and make sure there are no leaks, hoping for no more rain on Thursday and Friday.
Nagpur is hosting its first international match in three years and there is a lot of excitement among the fans, who bought the tickets online within minutes. Even then, the phone at the VCA’s oid stadium in the city rings non-stop, with people still asking if tickets are available offline.
The stadium is more than 20 km from the city and the VCA faces problems in providing parking spaces for spectators who take their own vehicles.