Kochi, Sep 30 (UNI) The 'fear' of rain playing spoilsport in the second ODI match here on October two, following an unexpected abandonment of the first in Bangalore last night, is lurking in the minds of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials and curators -- P V Ramachandran and Parthasarathy.
The two curators have been 'battling hard' since there was a let up in the prolonged four-month-long spell of rains, a few days back.
''The wicket prepared so far is hard and all right. But if it rains for some hours during the run up to the match, it's all over'', a worried Mr Ramachandran and his colleague Parthasarathy from M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, said.
Mr Ramachandran said ''if a full game is played after a spell or two, the wicket will become slow and the ball will not come onto the bat.'' ''We can't do anything if nature intervenes again'', he said, almost sounding dejected.
''A large part of the outfield still has moisture'', he added even as the two super soppers were working relentlessly around the outfield.
Two hand held super soppers were also brought from Chidambaram stadium in case rain intervenes after the match commences, they added.
''Although the rains have stopped, there have been intermittent showers. But if it is just showers, the ground can be readied for the game'', Mr Ramachandran pointed out.
Asked what should be the rival captains' option on winning the toss, Mr Ramachandran said ''I would suggest he bowls first''.
KCA President T R Balakrishnan and Vice-President Sunil were also a concerned lot.
''Though some gallery tickets are left, we have been selling other tickets briskly. We are hoping to have a good match before a full house,'' he told UNI