Champions League T20 news September 25, 2013

Rain forces match out of Ahmedabad

The group A match between Lions and Mumbai Indians on Friday, September 27, has been shifted to Jaipur because of torrential rain in Ahmedabad, the original venue. Both Champions League matches scheduled on September 23 in Ahmedabad were washed out without a ball being bowled because downpours shortly after the toss of the first game left the field flooded.

A CLT20 source said the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, resembled a "swimming pool" because of incessant rain over the last week. Once it was clear that the ground would not be fit for the match on September 27, the organisers decided to move the game out of Ahmedabad.

"There is no chance of Motera hosting the match even if it doesn't rain from now," Rajesh Patel, the Gujarat Cricket Association secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "The rains have made the ground unfit, at least for Friday's game."

With the forecast for Ahmedabad looking gloomy until Sunday, Monday's games at Motera could also be shifted. "The weather in Ahmedabad will be monitored on a continuous basis, and a decision on the double-header on September 30 will be taken a few days later," the tournament organisers said.

Mumbai Indians, who have been stranded in Ahmedabad since Sunday, are set to leave for Jaipur this evening. The shift in venue keeps their chances of making the semi-final alive, because they've already had a game washed out after losing their tournament opener against Rajasthan Royals.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • MADHUR on September 26, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas going by your argument, could you please explain why a low profile team like RR are being favored by allowing them to play all their matches in Jaipur(their home ground). Any explanation? It is easier to blame bigger teams like csk & mi for no fault of theirs.

    Anyways, shifting the venue is good decision in my opinion.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    i cannot fathom the criticism irt change of venue from ahmedabad, few even alleging it to might of mumbai financially. let them b informed that there r other teams involved as well. It seems few biased fans want to see few teams eliminated without even a contest. They should rather applaud the organisers who risked the revenue from stadium audience. Agreed it should b done for every match irrespective of status but at least a ' start' has been made. ppl should appreciate good competitive cricket on display rather than be biased for few teams.After all its the platform for few lesser known players to showcase their talent. ppl like pollard, cooper, faulkner all owe it to CLt20 for their rise in world cricket.

  • Lakshmi Narasimhan on September 26, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Many see negative in this decision but I wish to see a positive sign in this. A venue looking doomed because of natural calamity and man power could not help. This is the right decision by IPL and GCA in terms of shifting the venue. Accepting that we cannot host a match needs guts and Motera Organisers have lived up to bravery. I wish ICC should take a leaf out of this book and arrange alternate venues for international matches as well. Having said so, the interest that is taken for a club match like CTL20 is not evident in our Ranji, Duleep trophy matches or our Int'l matches. That is a pity.

  • Srinivas on September 26, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    If it was a low profile team, they would have never shifted the venue. Money and influence can do wonders.

  • Vishwaksena on September 26, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Ahmedabad should not have been a venue if rains were forecasted earlier. This tournament should be played in smaller towns to generate bigger crowds, we could only see a one full house for the game between rr vs mi. The tournament itself is not appealing due to lack of availability of many frontline players who play for ipl teams thus making it a one-sided contests in most cases.

  • Apratim on September 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    i dont agree with this .it is the format that forced the organisers alter the venue because even if 1 match is washed out it may led to elimination of teams.

  • hary on September 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    might of the money i wud say ! if it werent for mumbai indians , i bet the venue wudnt have been altered !

  • Nanda Kumar on September 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Great the CL committee are thinking on their feet and they have made changes based on conditions beyond their control... Good show....

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