Poor weather in Kolkata to influence the Eden wicket, says curator

Lynette Rowe
September 20, 2017

Incessant rain forced India to call off practice two days ahead of the second One-Day International (ODI) cricket match against Australia at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.

India were slated to train in the evening session but seeing the ground, they were quick to cancel the session.

The city has been witnessing frequent showers and Kolkata Met director Ganesh Das has blamed it on circulation over South Bengal. "The low pressure will pass by tomorrow (Wednesday), but there are chances that it could rain Thursday", he added.

Steve Smith-led Australians arrived in the morning and quickly changed their plan as their batsmen hit the indoor facilities, while bowlers returned to the team hotel.

"If it pours, the way it did today (Monday), and we have to keep the pitch under covers, the ball will come onto the bat slow."

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The rains seem to be following the ongoing ODI series against India and Australia.

"Since it's raining and the facilities are covered, they won't go to the stadium today", read an official communication from Team India.

There was a downpour yesterday afternoon and the ground has been put under cover since then.

Sourav Ganguly, the Cricket Association of Bengal president, was supervising work carried out by the groundstaff on Monday. He is working hard in order to get the ground ready for the game on Thursday.

"We are equipped to cover the entire ground and there is enough machinery to clear up even if it rains but it depends on the intensity and duration", Mukherjee said. "It's an ideal condition what's required for an One-Day International contest but I can not say whether it will rain or not", said CAB pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee, who's putting in hard yards despite flu for last two days.

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