Guwahati: Shameful, shocking, and scornful as the last evening passed by with hair dryers and steam irons trending the field during the India-Sir Lanka T20 match held at Barsapara stadium. The match which had already faced the wrath of rain gods last evening, was added with shame after stadium ground staff brought in hair dryers, irons to dry up the pitch.
The unique steps and efforts taken up by the ACA ground staff to dry up the pitch, eventually went in vain. The India vs Sri Lanka first T20I match was to be held at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, was abandoned without a ball bowled after rains poured in. The match was scheduled to begin at 7 pm in the evening but was delayed as the rain came down heavily after the toss took place.
The ground staff tried taking unique steps to dry up the pitch, which soon attracted national attention followed with tweets blaming ACA for poor management.
The outfield was ‘bone-dry’ at the time of the second inspection. Just when the ground staff started its repair work, the rain returned to make things worse. This time though more care was taken with an extra cover being placed on the 22 yards. However, the damage was already done and when it all cleared around 8:45 pm, the ground staff much to everyone’s surprise brought out the hair dryer to dry the wet patches on the pitch.
Not only this, even the steam iron is being used to get the pitch ready in order to make the play possible. While there is no doubt about the ground staff’s dedication at work, usage of hair dryer and steam iron is looking funny. Rather, Twitterverse is already trolling them and lashing out at them for not opting for proper measures to ready the pitch.