India domestic news September 8, 2012

Heavy rains force Irani Cup out of Jaipur

The Irani Cup fixture has been moved from Jaipur after the BCCI grounds and pitches committee chairman reported the conditions "unplayable" upon inspection. Venkat Sundaram, the committee chairman, visited the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday and found the venue unsuitable for the September 21 domestic season opening clash between defending champions Rajasthan and Rest of India, despite desperate measure being put by the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).

"Because of heavy rains the playing conditions are not likely to improve," Sanjay Jagdale, BCCI secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "Venkat Sundaram inspected the outfield and the wicket today and felt it would not be playable in the short period. We are now in the process of finding an alternate venue."

Sundaram, who inspected the ground for about an hour in the morning, was "concerned" about the pitch, which he felt was in no condition to stage the match. "The outfield could be improved. But he [Sundaram] felt it would be difficult to prepare the pitch in time - it needs top dressing which would mean at least four to six weeks of work," an RCA official said.

"There is lot of water on and around the pitch still due to the rains. There was also fungus on the grass as the ground was locked for two months," the official said.

Sundaram advised the groundsman and the RCA officials, including secretary KK Sharma, to take necessary measures to make the ground match fit for the rest of the season.

The news would come as a setback for the RCA, which had been embroiled in a stalemate with the Rajasthan Sports Council (owners of the ground) since July and had been allowed entry to the ground only earlier this week. Despite not having access to the ground for two months, Taposh Chatterjee, the head groundsman at the RCA, was confident about getting the ground ready for the match. However, the inclement weather posed a threat to the preparation. "The biggest challenge would be the weather. Otherwise we are confident to get the ground ready in a couple of weeks," an RCA official had said on Tuesday.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    yes its raining heavily here from last 20 days

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    match starts only on 21st of this month...... rain must not be the only reason behind this

  • P Subramani on September 9, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    It is good that the match has been shifted out of Jaipur. I wish they have it in Bangalore with the same type of wicket that was there for the second Test between India and New Zealand. We could get a view of the creme de la creme of Indian cricket in unfamiliar conditions.

  • Krishna on September 8, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Rain really plays strange...During Hyderabad test it rained here(Thanks to Ashwin and Ojha who finished the match early)after that there wasn't much of rain and it didnt rain in Vizag for quite often and started at wrong time..Hope chennai will be clear by tuesday.

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    it is one the best stadium in the country with lush green outfield, so sad to hear that it will not host the irani cup. maybe they find a suitable ground to host the match where the rain has not affected till now, coz due to rain 1st t20 between Ind and NZ was ruled without a ball.

  • kevin on September 8, 2012, 16:18 GMT


  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    This is criminal negligence of responsibility by not protecting the pitch by covering from rain much in advance .By sacking the man responsible forthe pitch we should move on to fix the match some where else

  • Saj on September 8, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Rain Rain everywhere .Cricket is the only major sport abandoned due to rain in this modern world . I think building some roofs for the grounds will help us to overcome this . Why cant engineers look into this ?

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