T20 World Cup 2024: Florida games receive major boost following rain-free day

Lauderhill is set to host three Group A fixtures consecutively over three days, with two of these matches holding significant importance for the USA and Pakistan.

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Following heavy showers in Florida throughout the past week and a washout in Nepal-Sri Lanka match in the ongoing T20 World Cup, the prospect of playing three consecutive matches over three days at the venue deemed increasingly unlikely. With ongoing flash flood warnings affecting the area, the outlook appeared bleak for any play to proceed.

However, the prospects for cricket in Florida improved following a dry first-half of Thursday, a day ahead of Lauderhill hosting three consecutive Group A matches over the next three days. Among these matches, two hold significant importance for co-hosts USA, and Pakistan. Additionally, Ireland and Canada remain in contention in the tournament with a mathematical possibility of making it past the group-stage.

Following numerous flight cancellations into Miami and Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, teams, production crews, and commentators successfully arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. Despite ongoing flight delays due to adverse weather conditions, Fort Lauderdale remained dry until late afternoon. An evening drizzle was anticipated to taper off by night, with a forecast suggesting some showers from 9 am to 11 am on Friday. Flash flood warnings for the broader area remained in effect though. However, the conditions at the ground offered a glimmer of optimism.

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A couple of USA's players were also queried on the matter. USA opener Steven Taylor mentioned that the drainage infrastructure at the stadium had always been exemplary during his formative years. He expressed optimism for cricket to resume soon and for the rain to cease entirely, acknowledging that weather conditions are uncontrollable and emphasising the team's readiness to adapt to whatever circumstances arise.

"Growing up here at the stadium, it's always had a nice drainage. So, we always hope that once the next day doesn't rain, there'll always be cricket. But, we can't stop the weather. So, whatever happens, we just have to work with it," stated Taylor, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

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Left-arm pacer and one of the standout performers for the USA this edition, Saurabh Netravalkar remarked that he had not considered the weather conditions. Prior to departing from New York on Wednesday evening, he expressed a mindset of readiness, stating that despite reports of rain, the team should anticipate playing a complete match and strive for victory against Ireland.

"Actually, I haven't thought about it [the weather] at all. Now, we're seeing and hearing that there's rain, but from our perspective, what's controllable is to expect that we are going to have a full game and we've to try our best to get a victory 'cause even Ireland is a top side," mentioned Netravalkar hours before leaving from New York on Wednesday evening.

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