The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has been spraying the particular chemical on the outfield at the Holkar Stadium to counter the effects of dew ahead of Tuesday’s second game of the three-match T20 International series involving India and Sri Lanka.
According to MPCA chief curator, Samander Singh Chauhan, to beat the effects of dew, the chemical was being sprayed over the ground for the last three days.
He further explained that the grass on the ground was also not being watered since the last three days to minimise the effects of dew.
While hoping that the spectators will get to see fours and sixes raining in the match which commences at 7 pm, he said dew could be a factor in deciding the outcome, especially in the second half of the game.
With the opener slated for Guwahati on Sunday canceled due to wet patches on the track following rain, fans are eagerly waiting for the second T20 International.
Recall that it started to rain 15 minutes before the scheduled start after India skipper Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bowl.
According to the weather forecast, there is no rain threat in Indore on the match day. The final game is scheduled for Pune.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the majority of the players had left Guwahati on Sunday before the last inspection, which took place past 9. It was revealed by Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Devajit Saikia in an interview with IANS.
Speaking further, Saikia expressed surprise how the last inspection was done by umpires Chettithody Shamshuddin, Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary, and match referee David Boon at 9:30 pm when most of the players had left the stadium at 9 pm.
While stating that such behaviour was a mystery, he said he would find it out the reason behind the decision of the players to leave early without getting the final verdict.
He added that the announcement made at 9:54 pm, to call of the game was strategic to ensure that the crowd didn’t turn unruly, adding that it is the usual protocol that was followed.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed