The threat of cyclone ‘Kyant’ looms over the final ODI between India and New Zealand at Vizag on Saturday (October 29) with the India Meterological Department (IMD) forecasting heavy rains and gusty winds in the coastal area on Friday and Saturday.
Unless the cyclone changes it direction, playing a full match looks almost impossible on Saturday.
However, Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association (VDCA) secretary K Parthasaradi told TOI, “We hope that cyclone Kyant does not hit the city like cyclone Hudhud. Nearly 60% of the tickets have been sold out as on Wednesday. If there is any rainfall, it will affect practice of the players, who will arrive here on October 27,” Parthasaradi said.
One of the curators at the VDCA stadium said there would be no problem if the rain or winds under the influence of the cyclone stopped just four to five hours before the match, as the rainwater on the stadium ground can be drained out in just three hours with super sappers and advanced drainage system.
“We had successfully conducted the ODI match between India and West Indies on November 24, 2013 after the rain stopped just a few hours before the match. However, a T-20 match between India and New Zealand on September 8, 2012 was called off without a ball being bowled following heavy rains,” the curator said.
The five match ODI series is currently poised at 2-2 with both the teams eagerly waiting for the deciding game to begin so that they could clinch the series.