Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Hambantota March 23, 2013

SLC apologises for floodlight failure


Sri Lanka Cricket has apologised for the generator failures that halted play for 99 minutes in the first ODI in Hambantota, and said an investigation into the problem will be launched tomorrow.

One floodlight tower lost power after the 41st over of the Bangladesh innings, before both the towers on the western side of the ground went out during the innings break, causing the major 85-minute delay. Sri Lanka's innings was curtailed to 41 overs as a result, and their target adjusted to 238 according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to apologize to the millions of viewers & the general public for the inconvenience caused due to this technical fault," a release said. "Two of the four light towers at the ground had failed. It should be noted that these generators were tested the day before and were fully functional during the said testing period."

One generator provides electricity to two floodlight towers, and each of those primary generators has a back-up generator that kicks in if the first one fails. The first generator on the western side failed during the Bangladesh innings, causing the first delay, but although the backup generator took over after a short break, that too failed during the innings break.

The generator that provides electricity for the southern grandstand was then brought in to provide power for the floodlights.

SLC has contracted state owned power company Ceylon Electricity Board, to provide and maintain the generators required for cricket matches, but an SLC engineer is employed to oversee the electricity arrangements for each match. The investigation into the failures will be carried out by the power company.

There have been several instances of floodlight failures affecting international matches, with the Twenty20 between South Africa and New Zealand in East London last year being the most recent example. This is the first time a floodlight failure has stopped play in Sri Lanka.

Hambantota hosts the second ODI on Monday, and SLC said two new generators would be brought from Colombo on Sunday, to replace the faulty ones.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka stole the win yesterday! The game was a travesty the way I see it. A game where Sri Lanka finged any mean to obviate Bangladesh from holding the aces high. One of this plan, or perhaps the only conniving plan was the "blackout" the power failure so to speak! The blackout lasted as long as it took for the dew to obnubilate. The curator might as well transmorgified the track or did something to the track in the mean-time. Because, had play transpired on the scheduled time, Things could've certainly wound up differently. Besides, the target was attenuated. Why would the target be attenuated? Why would Bangladesh, the guests suffer the hosts debacle. If something had to be attenuated "real bad," it should have only been the overs. This is very lugubrious and very dispiriting......" Hope the Tigers avenge the injustice by contriving a win tomorrow.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I think main reason is losing this match is losing toss. in this series mushi are always losing toss.

  • randil on March 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    after the lost test match BD guys blamed umpaires.first test match they lost it because of 9 overs delay,which would have helped them as everyone knows.because the the run rate for those lost 9 overs are only about 2.1.sri lanka went to score 240 in 35 overs.if they had 50 overs they would have scored more than 350.loosing 9 overs didnt help SL but helped BD.but they are not capable enough.that is their problem.after loosing the match searching for reasons is the habit.good luck for the next excuse.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    If it would have been taken place in Bangladesh. Like floodlight went off in Mirpur. Then cricinfo would have reacted 10 times more than they reacted in this case. Cricinfo BD reporter Mohammad Isam would have reported it negatively. Criticizing BD & BCB.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 24, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Ok......Apologies are accepted from my part........

  • Raman on March 24, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    BD fans should grow up with their team. Stop whinning about grass, dew, light blah, blah. Your team is progressing year by year. But don't expect them to beat big boys in every match.

  • Dik on March 23, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    SportyKid97 just be quiet! Don't embarrass the rest of us. If anything light outage helped us in DL method. They took away 9 overs for only 20 runs!

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    dont worry sri lankan guys becose bangladesh team is not big to us ...

  • Chatty on March 23, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    An investigation will be launched tomorrow. Ah, sure. No worries. That should take care of everything!

  • Born on March 23, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    May be SLC was participating in Earth hour :)

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