Embarrassment for BCCI, World’s Largest Stadium turns to ‘JUGAAD’, uses sponges to clear wet outfield in IPL 2023 Final
BCCI, The world’s richest cricket board had a moment of embarrassment during the IPL 2023 Final on Monday. The CSK vs GT…
BCCI, The world’s richest cricket board had a moment of embarrassment during the IPL 2023 Final on Monday. The CSK vs GT IPL final was halted midway after rains poured in Ahmedabad. While the downpour stopped, the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, struggled to present a dry outfield for the game. Follow Indian Premier League LIVE Updates on Insidesport.IN
The practice pitch, besides the surface used for the match, was completely soaked in water after rainfall. Despite the riches, the ground staff had to use ingenious techniques to dry out the surface. The live broadcast showed the team using large sponges to soak the water out of the pitch. The staff managed to apply what looked like a mixture of saw dust and green sand. They proceeded to roll over the surface and used the super sopper to speed up the process.
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Pic 1 : ECB covering their ground with hover covers, covers a large portion and minimal manpower required to drag it.
Pic 2 : BCCI using sponges to soak water
Please Note that BCCI is 728% richer than the ECB pic.twitter.com/KCyp28MU8O
The ground staff in Ahmedabad resorted to all sorts of methods to ensure that the practice dried out for the game to resume. At first, they used large sponges to soak in the water from the muddy surface. Later, ample of sawdust was sprayed on the pitch to dry the surface further and make it suitable for players to run on. The umpires were dissatisfied with the condition and the play was delayed for more than an hour. Eventually, after a lot of effort, the surface was fit to use, but the IPL 2023 Final already lost five overs due to the wet outfield.
It really begs the question of BCCI considering that Narendra Modi Stadium is the new marquee stadium in the country. The more than 100k capacity stadium is set to host the India vs Pakistan clash during the World Cup, and also the WC 2023 Final. Even the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore uses the SubAir drainage system to prepare for potential rain-marred games.
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