ICC Men's T20 WC'24: India-Canada Match Abandoned Due to Wet Outfield


ICC Men's T20 WC'24: India-Canada Match Abandoned Due to Wet Outfield
The Group A match of the 2024 Men's T20 World Cup between India and Canada was abandoned without a single ball being bowled due to a wet outfield at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground. This is the third consecutive match at Lauderhill to be called off for the same reason, following the Sri Lanka-Nepal and Ireland-USA clashes. During the broadcast, former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar expressed strong dissatisfaction over the ground not being fully covered, and both advocated for the inclusion of a regulation in ICC tournaments requiring venues to be fully covered in case of inclement weather.
When the teams arrived at the venue, the outfield was still wet, with some soggy spots in and around the 30-yard circle. Covers were still firmly on the square under gloomy skies at the venue, which witnessed some early morning rain and had scattered thunderstorms predicted for the entire day, leading to a delay in the scheduled coin toss.
A pitch inspection was scheduled for 8 pm IST and on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Sharfuddoula were seen inspecting the ground and talking to the ground staff. Another inspection was scheduled for 9 pm IST, with super soppers and three to four massive hairdryers deployed to dry the damp areas on the outfield.
By 9:03 pm IST, the umpires inspected the ground again and spoke to the head of ground staff and match referee Andy Pycroft, following which teams were seen shaking hands, which signalled the abandonment of the match. The result also means that India, the 2007 champions, sign off unbeaten from Group A with seven points from four games and will now turn their focus towards their first Super Eight game against Afghanistan at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on June 20.
The abandonment has resulted in Canada moving up to third place in the Group A points table, overtaking the 2009 champions Pakistan. With Pakistan already eliminated from the competition, they must win their final match against Ireland at Lauderhill on Sunday to secure a third-place finish in the group.
Source: IANS