Kotla match to be rescheduled
6th November 2016
The Group-A Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Gujarat that was cancelled today at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi, due to increasing level of toxic air pollution in the city will be rescheduled by the BCCI, after the league stages of the tournament gets over. The venue and the date of the match will be announced shortly.
The condition became lethal due to the rise in air quality index from 250 normal to more than 500 and above, the Meteorological office has termed this as ‘Smoke haze’ and not ‘smog’.
“It was disappointing for us. The match was called off due to an extreme weather condition. A thick blanket of pollution is covering the city since the last few days. It is not possible to play in such conditions. But the good news is the match is getting rescheduled shortly.” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Asked about a break in winning momentum for an unexpected reason he said, “We would have definitely wanted the match, with the top two teams in the group playing, but you don’t have control over such situations. We are now only looking forward for the next match.”
Bengal team is expected to fly back Kolkata tomorrow with hopes of doing well in the next match at Rajkot against Tamil Nadu.
Here, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata the match between Assam and Saurashtra started late due to wet out field, after a first day’s wash out.
Assam took early advantage of the moisture in the wicket reducing Saurashtra to 121/9 in 43 overs after winning toss and electing to field.
At stumps, batting, Jaydev Unadkat (31) and Shaurya M Sanandia (8)
Arup Das with 7 wickets in 13 over remained the pick of the bowlers, backed by Krishna Das who took 2.
CAB MEDIA DESK