The ODI between India and West Indies in Vizag scheduled for tuesday has been cancelled due to the cyclone Hud Hud which has hit Andhra Pradesh today and is expected to take a toll in the state till tomorrow. It appears unlikely for the third ODI to take place at Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam.
This news comes out after the BCCI had ruled out a possibility of shifting the match out of Visakhapatnam despite the cyclone threat. BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale that it is difficult to change the venue at such a short notice citing logistical problems involving television crews and other necessary arrangements.
As per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warning, the cyclone is likely to hit Visakhapatnam by Sunday afternoon, hitting the coast at a wind speed of 170-180 kmph. Heavy to very heavy rainfall and squally winds are also expected.
Andhra Cricket Association secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju said the entire outfield is under covers and not a single drop of water would seep into the ground at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA cricket stadium.
“We had a similar situation ahead of the last ODI here (between India vs West Indies on November 24, 2013). There was no rain and the match was held without any problem. So this sort of a situation is not new to a coastal city like Vizag.” he added.
But South Zone editor of TV Today Network, TS Sudhir has tweeted that the match has been cancelled.
The ODI between India and West Indies in Vizag scheduled for tuesday has been cancelled. #hudhud
— T S Sudhir (@Iamtssudhir) October 12, 2014
India and West Indies are levelled 1-1 in the five match ODI series. Fourth ODI will take lace in Dharamshala on 17 October.