India cut short four-day warm-up match against Essex over concerns about British heatwave
India have cut short their four-day match against Essex this week over concerns about the British heatwave.
The tourists will instead play a three-day match, starting on Wednesday at Chelmsford, after deciding they do not want to spend a full four days playing cricket in temperatures expected to reach over 30C, the kind of heat that saps England when they play in India.
Now India will travel to Edgbaston a day earlier on Saturday to start preparing for the first Specsavers Test which gets underway on Wednesday.
Essex had sold around 2,000 tickets for Saturdayâs play and will now have to reimburse the money. Saturday ticket holders have also been offered the option to swap for another dayâs play.
Reports in India suggested the team management were unhappy with the state of the outfield and pitch at Chelmsford and had asked for the mat ch to be cut short for fear of injury to their players. The outfield is very patchy and dry due to the weather but the club has rejected any concerns over the state of the ground.Source: Google News India | Netizen 24 India