India~~s tour match a complete washout

Published: Monday, November 12, 2001, 22:21 [IST]
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East London: India's final warm-up match before the second Test against South Africa was abandoned on Monday without a ball bowled. The decision was taken on the third day of a scheduled four-day match against South Africa 'A' when more rain fell on an already saturated outfield. There was no play on the first two days. The second Test starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday. South Africa won the first Test in the three-match series by nine wickets in Bloemfontein last Tuesday. The abandonment of Monday's match meant that both of India's first-class matches outside the Tests failed to take place. No play was possible in a scheduled three- day match against a Board Presidents XI in Chatsworth, near Durban, before the first Test, also because of a wet outfield. East London's Buffalo Park is due to stage three matches during the 2003 World Cup, including a Super Six stage match. Ali Bacher, executive director of World Cup 2003, said 2.3 million Rands (some $ 238,000) had been allocated to improve the drainage of 11 fields, including Buffalo Park, which are to host World Cup matches. "I guarantee what happened at Buffalo Park will not happen again," said Bacher, who said a mechanised "super sopper" would be available at each World Cup venue to mop up surface water.

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