India vs New Zealand 1st T20I in Delhi to be cancelled due to no power supply?

Meanwhile, India will be playing the all-important decider at Kanpur on 29 October as the series is still level at 1-1

Yes, it seems the much-awaited Feroz Shah Kotla T20I between India and New Zealand could be cancelled if there is a power cut. The information is that there is no power back up and this could lead to a precarious situation with eventually the match having to be called off. The ban on the use of diesel generators has led to this situation. The match is also a high billing match because of the presence of the local lad in front of his home stadium at Delhi. Indian captain Virat Kohli is a Delhi boy and would be leading team India at Delhi, which would be an awaited moment for the fans as well. The word is that the world would get a last glimpse of the age-old warhorse Ashish Nehra for one last time, that is only if he gets to feature in the XI. The 38-year old Nehra has already announced his retirement from the game.

An environmental authority on October 31 denied permission for the use of a diesel generator to operate the flood lights for the T20 international cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Firozshah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) said the cricket board won’t get any exemption from the ban on diesel gensets in Delhi-NCR that came into force a day before Diwali after the air quality in the national capital fell to alarming levels.

The environment authority, formed by the central government following Supreme Court orders in 1998, directed the power department to provide connection to the stadium within 24 hours for an uninterrupted cricket match.

 

Sunita Narain, head of the Centre for Science and Technology (CSE) and member EPCA, told IANS that she was surprised to know that the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) or the BCCI had never applied for a proper power connection and had been using the flood lights with diesel generator sets.

“Their request has been denied and Delhi’s discom has agreed to provide them connection within 24 hours,” Narain said. “Let the cricket be clean, the pollution is harming the sportsmen as well.”

She said Delhi had surplus power and thus the use of diesel generator sets did not arise.

India and New Zealand face each other here for a T20 match between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The DDCA had asked for exemption to be allowed to use the diesel generator sets to operate flood lights.

(WITH IANS INPUTS)

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