World T20 2014 news March 26, 2014

On-site generators to prevent floodlight failure

Organisers of the World T20 in Chittagong will use on-site generators to run floodlights at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, rather than off the main electric grid, to try and ensure against another loss of power.

The Super 10 game between Netherlands and Sri Lanka on Monday evening was interrupted for around 10 minutes by a set of the lights failing. This was the second time that Netherlands had seen the lights go out, after a power cut at the ground led to their warm-up match against Afghanistan having to be shortened.

AZM Nasiruddin, a BCB director from Chittagong, played down the problems but admitted a switch to using the generators would be made.

"These things can happen and they certainly did not turn out over the whole world," Nasiruddin said of the floodlight failure. "Earlier we used the line from the Power Development Board and kept the generators for back-up, but from now on the games will be totally dependent on the generators."

In Sylhet, Ireland's match against UAE was decided on Duckworth-Lewis after the combination of a power cut and bad weather saw the lights go out. Before the tournament, several fertiliser factories were reportedly asked to cease production to ease demand.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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