West Indies beat India by 124 runs inthe 1st ODI © Getty Images
West Indies(maroon) beat India(blue) by 124 runs inthe 1st ODI © Getty Images

Oct 11, 2014

There is little possibility of shifting the venue of the IndiaWest Indies third ODI from here despite the cyclone ‘Hudhud’ threat and the hosts Andhra Cricket Association hoped the match would be conducted smoothly on 14 October, the BCCI said on Saturday.

“It’s difficult to shift the venue at such a short notice. The cricketers itinerary may be changed but there would be logistical problems like TV crew and other things. We’re however alert on this,” Board Secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI.

As per IMD warning, the cyclone ‘Hudhud’ is likely to hit the port city Sunday morning as it has started to rain and there are thick cloud as well. Andhra Cricket Association Secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju said not a single drop of water would seep into the ground as they had made a fool-proof arrangement at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on the northern fringes of the city.

He said if it did not rain on the match day there would be no problem in conducting the match. “The entire ground is fully covered. There’s not a question of water getting into the pitch. Besides, we have excellent drainage facility to get it ready in time,” Gangaraju said.

Recollecting last year’s experience, he said, “We had a similar situation ahead of the last ODI here (between India-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.” Asked whether he had a word with the BCCI, he said, “The Board has full faith in our capabilities. The match is on.”

Despite the cyclone threat, fans had been looking for tickets. “All the tickets have been sold out within half an hour after the ticket sales began yesterday afternoon,” Gangaraju further added.

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