Kanpur: Even as the intermittent rains in Kanpur had threatened to disrupt cricket test match at Green park stadium here between India and new Zealand commencing on September 22 next, the heavy rains on Sunday afternoon kept the players inside.
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli, which reached here on Saturday, had a strenuous round of practice in very humid conditions in the first half in the second half they could not come on ground due to heavy rains. The threat of rains looms large on the prospects of the test match being organised here after a gap of seven years.
The pitch and grounds committee Chairman Daljit Singh and curator Shiv Kumar are a worried lot because despite all the arrangements having made in time, the inclement weather has left the prospects of the game hang in uncertainty.
Daljit Singh, who had a fair review of the preparations of the ground and the pitch few days ago, told newstrack.com
that to hold a match in the second half of the September was always a testing time. '' The preparations are in our hand but which way the weather God goes is something beyond our control,'' he pointed out.
Pitch curator Shiv Kumar also expressed the similar views saying the pitch was prepared in the way that it provided even chances for both teams though it is going to be on the slower side. Indian team coach Anil Kumble was also of the view that the pitch should be sporting.
Meanwhile, there were several instances when the pitch had to be covered during the last few days. ''If it continued after September 20, then there could be disappointment of the cricket fans who had to wait for seven years to see a test match at Green park.
India and New Zealand has played two test matches before this in which India won one match by eight wickets while other was drawn. Ken Williamson will lead the Kiwis in the match which, if played uninterrupted, is all likely to be a keen contest.