Rain is likely to delay ODI between India 'A' and SA 'A'

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Ahmedabad, Sep 25 (UNI) With the rains continuously lashing Gujarat since last night, uncertainty looms large over the possibility of tomorrow's ODI match between host India 'A' and visiting South Africa 'A', starting on time at the Sardar Patel Motera stadium here.

Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) Jt Secretary Hitesh Patel told UNI that the intermittent rains had been lashing Gujarat at night for the last few days and they continued this afternoon too, creating a doubt over the start of the match between India 'A' and South Africa 'A' on the scheduled time tomorrow morning at 0900 hrs.

Mr Patel said due to the rain the outfields are completely wet, leaving meek possibility of full day's play of 50 overs for each side.

He said if it does not rain tonight and the sun shines brightly tomorrow morning, then it is likely that the match would be played with curtailed number of overs.

A GCA official said ''The association had pressed over 50 ground staffers into service to soak out water from the ground and make it ready for the tomorrow's event. Besides this, super sopper roller has also been applied all over the ground.'' ''However, the entire square in the middle including the pitch is absoutely dry,'' he said.

''We have tried our best to ensure that the match starts on time tomorrow,'' the GCA Jt Secretary said.

Though both the teams arrived a couple of days ago, intermittent rains at night have not allowed the teams any net-practice.


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