New Delhi: Dec 21, 2013
More than Yuvraj Singh battling it out with the likes of Virender Sehwag, rival sides Delhi and Punjab are concerned about the foggy conditions which may be the biggest impediment to an outright win in the 7th group league Ranji Trophy game at the Roshanara on Sunday.
The poor visibility during the last week of December has always been a problem in Northern India and Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) shoddy scheduling of matches added insult to the injury.
Delhi with 19 points from six games and Punjab with 17 from an equal number of outings are currently placed fourth and fifth respectively in group A. Only an outright win in this game would brighten their chances to make it to the quarter-finals and the weather is likely to play spoilsport.
“We had requested the BCCI to schedule our matches in such a manner that the final few games during the last week of December are away matches. We wanted to play at home during the earlier phase,” a worried chairman of selectors Chetan Chauhan told reporters on the eve of the match.
Even Punjab coach Bhupinder Singh (Sr) feels that if 70 overs are possible each day, it will be a good thing.
“We have told the match referee and umpires that we are prepared for 70 over per day game. The track is a result oriented one and I hope that my boys have saved their best for the last,” Bhupi Sr, as he is affectionately called, told media persons.
If weather and seaming strip are on the mind, the “poor facilities” at the Roshanara ground has irked the Punjab team management.
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