Kochi: For the moment, the skies above Kochi are largely clear with all the hues of November, though ominously enough, there are also islands of dark clouds. A cricket tourist arriving for Thursday's first India-West Indies ODI though, may find it advisable to carry an umbrella as per the forecast.
After the infamous Duleep Trophy washout last month due to poor drainage there is every possibility of an encore and as of on cue, it rained heavily on Monday night. However, with the ground staff working tirelessly, organisers are hopeful of avoiding any unnecessary delays on match day.
The Kerala Cricket Association claim to have made necessary improvements on soil percolation in the outfield, if and when it rains and the BCCI's West Zone curator, Dhiraj Parsana, who inspected the venue also seemed happy. “Though we cannot prevent rain, I'm happy with the work done on the outfield and the wicket,“ he said.
“If the weather is pleasant there will be an even battle between bat and ball. My assessment is that there is going to be help for to be help for batsmen, spinners, medium pacers. In short it is going to be a balanced wicket that will fetch around 270 runs,“ he added.
And optimism seems to run high despite the conditions. Five days after the ticket sales started the KCA confirmed a collection of `59.05 lakh and with both teams set to arrive on Tuesday the excitement is set to fire up.
“The teams will arrive tomorrow and M.S. Dhoni has agreed to inaugurate the Sachin Tendulkar pavilion on Wednesday. Players of both teams will sign on a giant cricket bat that is to be placed in the pavilion,“ said KCA joint secretary Jayesh George.
India, West Indies teams arrive for first ODI