In­dia, Eng­land call off train­ing amid cy­clone

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The Eng­land and In­dian train­ing ses­sions were can­celled yes­ter­day ow­ing to un­fit ground con­di­tions at the MA Chi­dambaram sta­dium in cy­clone-bat­tered Chen­nai which hosts the fifth and fi­nal Test from tomorrow.

Ten peo­ple were killed by Cy­clone Var­dah, the worst cy­clonic storm to hit the tech hub in south­ern Tamil Nadu state in more than two decades. Trees and power sup­ply lines were also up­rooted when Var­dah struck Mon­day.

The In­dian team man­age­ment told AFP the match would go ahead as sched­uled while con­firm­ing that the prac­tice ses­sion had been called off yes­ter­day. The pre­match press con­fer­ences and train­ing would take place as sched­uled to­day, it said. The Eng­land team also said it had called off yes­ter­day’s prac­tice ses­sion and would now have bowl­ing and field­ing drills to­day. Kashi Viswanathan, the sec­re­tary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, said the cy­clone had dam­aged the sight screen and other sta­dium prop­erty.

“The sight screen has been badly dam­aged, the bulbs of the flood­lights blown off, a num­ber of air con­di­tion­ers also got dam­aged,” he told the Press Trust of In­dia (PTI) news agency on Tues­day.

“The as­sur­ing part is that the pitch and the out­field has not been af­fected by the cy­clone,” he said. Viswanathan also said three stands at the ground will be closed for the Test match due to a long-run­ning dis­pute with the Chen­nai city coun­cil which has re­fused to is­sue safety cer­tifi­cates. In­dia, the world num­ber one Test side, have al­ready clinched the five-Test se­ries 3-0 af­ter an in­nings and 36-run vic­tory in the fourth Test in Mum­bai this week. The first Test at Ra­jkot had ended in a draw. —AFP

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