Champions League T20 2013

Ahmedabad retains last two matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 28, 2013

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Rain abandoned the first match of the day, Lions v Perth Scorchers, Group A, Champions League 2013, Ahmedabad, Sep 23, 2013
The rain created gloomy scenes at Motera earlier in the week © BCCI

Ahmedabad could still host some matches in the ongoing Champions League. After a double washout and the moving out of another game out of Ahmedabad, and amid early news that the last double-header on Monday was set to move out, it has finally stopped raining and the Gujarat Cricket Association is confident of getting the ground ready.

The teams had been told to stay prepared for a move earlier, but now two days are being deemed enough to prepare the ground, despite the week-long rain. The double header is scheduled to be played on September 30, a day on which scattered thunderstorms are predicted with a 60% chance of precipitation.

Persistent torrential rain over the last week have left the outfield at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera submerged. The two games on Monday, between Titans and Trinidad & Tobago, and Brisbane Heat and Sunrisers Hyderabad, were likely to be moved to Ranchi.

A few days earlier, the match between Lions and Mumbai Indians, scheduled for Friday evening, was also moved to Jaipur because of rain.

*September 28, 0900GMT The story has been updated after it stopped raining in Ahmedabad

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Posted by VVSR92 on (September 28, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Poor organization skills by tournament holders. Should have predicted rain in advance for ahmedabad especially as it was a late replacement venue.Can understand hyderabad not being a part due to political reasons, but why not take these games to smaller towns to attract more people even though they have stadiums with lesser capacity. Its also can be used for promoting cricket.This tournament does not look like its going to survive in the future unless it undergoes a major change in its structure & organization.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

why cant Hyderabad be chosen instead of Ranchi. As we have seen Ranch is no good compared to Ahmadabad, there is so much dew and is a undue advantage for team bowling second. All the qualifying games were supposed to held in Hyderabad but were shifted bcos the local police couldn't provide security due to Ganesh immersion. Since things have pretty much settled down now, it would be a good option. BTW the weather is the best this time of the year here.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Weather in Ahmedabad seems to be cloudy with some thunderstorm till monday..Its really disappointing to shift matches from Ahmedbad but there is no control over torrential-cloud stuck over Gujarat sky from last 8days.. . . Yeah jaipur team seems to be topping group A, which mean they will play semifinal at their home-ground too..But Jaipur has to do better outside home-ground if they has to lift the crown...This is poor management from league..

Posted by   on (September 28, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

@Abd-ul Wa'say. They chose venues which are least likely to be affected by the rains, this time of the year. A'bad rains were an aberration.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Why doesnt SRH get any matches in Hyderabad. Dont understand on persisting for Ranchi when Hyderabad is the SRH's home ground. If Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad do not get to play on their home grounds then why is Rajasthan Royals are given unfair advantage by playing all their matches in Jaipur and even the Semi-Finals are their in Jaipur. Is this Tournament build up in a way to let Rajasthan win this season it or what. Playing field should be equal to all as much as possible this is not done by the CLT20.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

I live in Ahmedabad After 3-4 days of rain, Sun came out bright and cheerful (and hot) by today (27th) lunchtime. The Motera crew is also quite hardworking. If the weather stays this bright, by tomorrow (Saturday), the stadium will be ready for use. It was premature to shift ALL the remaining matches.

Posted by Rajit on (September 27, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Ahmedabad should have been given matches in the later part of the tournament.

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