5 different tools used for drying the pitch and outfield in international cricket

5 different tools used for drying the pitch and outfield in international cricket

Here we look at five different methods and tools used to dry the pitch and outfield in International cricket.

A helicopter tries to dry the pitch
A helicopter tries to dry the pitch after heavy overnight rain during the Fifth One Day International match between India and England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The first game of the 3-match T20I series between India and Sri Lanka ended without a result due to a few spells of rain after the toss. It was the wet patches on pitch caused the abandonment though there was enough time to clear the covers and water.

The ground staff implied various methods to dry the pitch by using things like hair drier and cast iron. A wide range of tools and methods have been used to get the cricket field fit for the play in the past. But hair drier and cast iron seemed to be the rarest of those.

Here we look at five different methods and tools used to dry the pitch and outfield in International cricket:

5. Air Blowers

Perth Test 2017 (Source: Twitter)

Air Blower is probably the most used tool to dry the wet patches on pitch and outfield in cricket. It could be something that the ground staff in Guwahati missed on Sunday only to end up using a hair drier. One of the major instances were air blowers saved from washing out a game was during the 2017/18 Ashes series.

Water spilt over the pitch ahead of the final day’s play of the W.A.C.A Test match. England were close to losing the Test by an innings margin at the start of day 5. If they lose the Test, they would be going 0-3 down in the 5-match series with two matches still to be played.

The ground staff put on extra efforts to dry the pitch as it was marked to be the last Test match at the venue. The game eventually began after Lunch and Australia completed an innings win to reclaim the Ashes.