India vs England 2016/17: Teams Denied Practice Before Chennai Test Due To Cyclone Vardah
India and England will not be able to practice before the fifth and final Test in Chennai as Cyclone Vardah has taken a toll on the practice pitches. Both teams landed in Chennai on Tuesday (December 13) to a scene of devastation brought by the disaster but the Test is set to go ahead as planned.
Speaking to the Times of India, Kasi Viswanathan said:“We have informed both teams that they can’t practice here as a result of the cyclone. We have intimated the same to BCCI as well. The practice pitches at MAC B too aren’t in good shape.”
However, the TNCA has reported the outfield and the pitch have escaped the wrath of the cyclone.
Kasi said the teams will not be able to practice even indoors due to waterlogging. But he said if the teams insist for a practice session, TNCA might arrange for the same.
Kasi said: “There is water inside the indoor facility and practice won’t be possible. But in case the teams insist, we will try to arrange for the indoor nets at the SRMC cricket centre.”
And although the ground is unaffected, Kasi said there are still several areas which have been damaged and will be taken care of in the next 48 hours.
“The next 48 hours are going to be tough. We have to fix the damaged sightscreen. We have to restore the network connectivity in and around stadium. The stands are to be looked after. There are trees at the entrance of the stadium on almost all sides and they have to be cleared,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chepauk pitch, which was tipped to assist the spinners, might aid the pacers after being under the covers for a couple of days.
An unnamed source was quoted as saying: “It’s to be seen if the moisture on the pitch following the last few days of rain stays till the match starts.”
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