Chennai Test: Rain may spoil the party

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 14:23 [IST]
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Rain may play spoilsport in Chennai

Chennai: Rain may spoil the first Test between India and England in Chennai, which is scheduled to start on Thursday.

Persistent rain since early Tuesday has drenched the outfield at the Chidambaram stadium, denying the Indian team a full practice drill in the morning session.

Kevin Pietersen's England, who are due to train later in the afternoon, are also unlikely to have a regular net session.

Forecasts suggest heavy rain over the next three days as a storm in the Bay of Bengal moves towards the southern city, raising fears of a curtailed match.

Parthasarthy Kannan, the chief groundsman at the stadium, was quoted in local papers as saying the heavy rains last month and the latest cyclonic storm had hampered the preparation of the wicket.

"We need bright sunshine to prepare a good wicket, but there has been a lot of rain," Kannan said.

England arrived here on Monday evening to resume the tour that was interrupted by the attacks on Mumbai by armed militants on November 26 that killed 172 and left at least 300 injured.

Chennai was given the first Test following a request from the England board after the original host city, Mumbai, was ravaged by terror attacks.


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