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India v England Kanpur T20I to start early due to poor light, dew

Green Park Stadium in Kanpur
Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. (Photo Source: BCCI)

After a convincing series win over England in the ODI series, team India is now keen on extending the winning streak in the T20Is as well. The action moves to Kanpur where both teams will lock horns for the first T20I on January 26. While the teams are busy with their preparations, there are a few issues that the organisers are facing ahead of the game. As per the recent reports in the Hindustan Times, the venue for the Kanpur T20 is still having poor lux levels (a parameter to judge intensity of light).

As per the recent reports in the Hindustan Times, the venue for the Kanpur T20 is still having poor lux levels (a parameter to judge intensity of light). The floodlights at the venue – Eden Park stadium – are apparently not strong enough to clear out all visibility issues. Hence, the two key areas of concerns ahead of the match is dew and light.

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The match has thereby been scheduled for an early start. The first T20I at Kanpur will start at 1630 (IST) and the other two T20Is of the series – at Nagpur and Bengaluru – will start at 1900 (IST). One of the officials of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) confirmed the same and mentioned that dew and lights will be a concern for the players on the match day.

“Dew is one of the reasons for early start of the match, but poor ‘lux levels’ (index to measure light intensity) is the key issue,” a UPCA official quoted in Hindustan Times. The weather forecast for the match is bright and sunny. Yet, that does not eliminate the dew factor totally. The dew is expected to play a part towards the end of the match. Also, the visibility issues will also come to the fore towards the fag end of the second innings. Moreover, the high levels of pollutions in the city of Kanpur will see smog affect the visibility too.

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The UPCA official further added, “Dew is one of the reasons for early start of the match, but poor ‘lux levels’ (index to measure light intensity) is the key issue.” The chief curator at the venue, Mr. Shiv Kumar, mentioned that the groundsmen will be spraying anti-dew chemicals on the ground in order to minimize the dew impact on the match day. “Spraying of APSA-80 (anti-dew chemical) will help us control the dew to a certain level,” chief curator Shiv Kumar quoted.

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