For the locals who turned up in big numbers it was supposed to be a super Sunday. But such was the damage done to the outfield due to a spell of rain in the morning that the third T20I between India and South Africa women had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium.
After being robbed of two successive games this week, India coach W.V. Raman hinted that the possibility of rescheduling games was being discussed, although at a primitive stage.
“I don’t know how that protocol works, but that line of thought will be pursued. There’ll obviously be some discussion and see how it pans out,” Raman said after the series remained 1-0 in India’s favour with two games remaining.
“It’s a tricky thing. If you try and change venues and the sun starts beating down, then everybody is going to have egg on their faces. It’s not that it’s not thought of. That’s also probably in the process. We’ll see how it goes and we’ll take things as they come as of now,” he said.
The fact that two of the five T20Is have been lost to weather also means that both teams have been denied of trying out fringe players. Something both teams had aimed at with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia in February.
“It’s disappointing, more from the spectators’ point of view. The crowd came in big numbers and it was a full house today as well. For us, being 1-0 down in the series, losing another game to weather is disappointing,” said Hilton Moreeng, South Africa head coach.
“With the T20 World Cup approaching, we would have also liked to try out certain combinations and also get back in the series, but rain is obviously something you can’t control.”
The penultimate rubber of the series is scheduled for Tuesday.