Duleep Trophy: we weren't expecting so much rain in Bangalore, says Saba Karim

BENGALURU: The inaugural match of the Duleep Trophy ended in a draw on Tuesday with only 49 overs thrown in the four-day contest between India Blue & India Green in the fair Cricket I usually here. In fact, after a delayed start on day 1, which was truncated by the bad light, the rest of the game was washed without a ball being thrown for three days.

the damp start to the domestic season raises questions on the choice of the host city for the three-week competition, considering August is one of the wettest months here. the fact that Duleep Trophy clashes with the Karnataka Premier League Nor has it helped the cause of BCCI.

the M Chinnaswamy Stadium - the only place in the state with a state-of-the-art drainage system - is the host of the first stage of the T20 tournament from August 16-23 & that has consigned Duleep Trophy to the grounds on the city’s periphery.

It has been frustrating for the players to hang around waiting for play to start. Most of them made use of the indoor facility in the fair Cricket ground to get some practice done while waiting for the weather to improve.

Admitting that the board did not anticipate the weather to hamper the tournament, BCCI ’s GM ( Cricket Operations) Saba Karim I told TOI,

“We did not expect this type of rain in Bangalore at this time of year. In the past, we have carried out many camps, including that of the national team without any technical problems. It is unfortunate that the first game has been greatly affected by weather conditions.

With rain predicted over the next few days, the second match between India Red & India Blue which begins on Friday at the KSCA Alur stadium too is likely to be affected. Although the KPL will move out of Bengaluru on August 23, KSCA will require time to prepare the Chinnaswamy pitches & has expressed its inability to host a Duleep match at the stadium before the final, which is slated for September 4.

Karim meanwhile said the BCCI did not have too many options other than the KSCA to host the tournament. “Getting a venue for the tournament was not easy. We were under some constraints & requested the KSCA to host the event & they obliged. But the weather hasn’t been in our favour,” he said.