The Indian and English players might have to address some serious light issues when they play at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur during the first T20 international game on January 26 as the stadium is still having inadequate lux level (standardised unit of measurement of light level intensity).
The stadium, which will host its first T20 International, had hosted two Indian Premier League matches earlier this year and although the matches concluded without any problem, the players faced difficulty with the light especially while fielding near the players’ pavilion.
The Hindustan Times has reported the stadium has installed additional 45 bulbs at the newly-constructed directorate and VVIP pavilions but has failed to sort out the issue of lux level. The ‘lux level’ at the ground is 2000 lux whereas the required level is 5500 lux.
The report further claimed that a ‘construction lapse’ is responsible for the visibility problems on the ground. The wrongly constructed truss roofing of the director’s pavilion has prevented light from one of the four poles from reaching effectively on the ground.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has not given the state cricket board the permission to install new lights for the upcoming T20I because the board wanted to give the tender to a particular company.
Speaking to HT, a UP government official revealed:“Such things always involve bidding and proper tendering, but the UPCA wanted us to allocate work to a particular firm, which was against the norms.”
On the other hand, the UPCA’s nodal officer at the stadium, Anil Kamthan has quashed the suggestions of lux level issues. Admitting that time has run out to install new lights, he said:“It’s too late to have new lights but I don’t think lights would be a problem.”
“With the installation of additional lights, we have managed to raise the ‘lux level’ to 2,000 which is sufficient for the match,” he concluded.