Guwahati: The flood light failure at Barsapara cricket stadium here which not only halted the high voltage India-South Africa T20 match for some 15 minutes on Sunday evening and raised serious questions of ‘mismanagement’ by the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) was termed as a mere ‘technical glitch’ by the Association.
On Monday, ACA told the media that the power snag was a result of the MCB trip. The clarification came hours after the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) ‘washed its hands off saying that there was an uninterrupted power supply on Sunday evening at the venue throughout the match.
Debajit Saikia, secretary, ACA compared the incident to a natural phenomenon of electricity which is common in our homes. “There was an MCB trip due to which the game was halted for around 15 minutes. It is just like MCB tripping at home due to use of Air Conditioner and Fridge,” he said.
“There was no major negligence from our technical team. Whereas, they have done a wonderful job and an uninterrupted power supply was maintained from the APDCL side throughout the event. Moreover, metal halide floodlight generally takes a little longer time to turn on compared to LED lights. Thus, it took around 15 minutes to resume the game,” said Saikia.
ACA further claimed that it had even replaced over 200 bulbs prior to the match as a precaution. He added, “Around 150 bulbs were replaced with new bulbs when the match schedule was announced one month back. There are around 480 bulbs in total, and we have replaced 220 bulbs and 70 more were kept in stock. No one can assure that there will be no tripping, it’s natural.”
Interestingly, APDCL who didn’t want to be a part of the blame game, soon after the match issued a press statement saying, “It is to inform you all that one of the high mast flood lights had stopped working during the 2nd T20 match between IND & SA at Barsapara, Guwahati on 2nd October. The light was dysfunctional for a few minutes due to some internal fault in the circuit which is within the jurisdiction of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA). The snag is not attributable to APDCL and uninterrupted power supply was maintained from APDCL side throughout the event.”
On the other hand, the incident of spotting a snake in the midst of the game was also entertaining according to Saikia.
Earlier, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle took to his official Twitter handle saying, “That is a first for me. A second snake on the ground. But the staff seemed prepared! Quick pick-up and off!”
“There have been reports where such incidents have occurred in four to five places around the world. But, yes, this is the first time, when we found a snake sneaking into the stadium during a match in Guwahati. This incident was entertaining for audiences. Our ground staff managed to take it out of the ground. This incident cannot be blown out of proportion,” added Saikia.
Apart from these two incidents, the T20 international cricket match between India and South Africa at the Barsapara stadium turned out to be a major success, the ACA claimed further.
However, it was still unclear whether the ‘technical glitch’ or the power sang would cost cricket lovers here as many suspected that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may take strict action against the occurrence.
In 2020, the Barsapara cricket ground came under sharp criticism when BCCI and ACA ground staff tried to dry wet patches on the pitch with a hairdryer, steam irons and vacuum cleaners after a downpour. The match between India and Sri Lanka was called abandoned then.
On Sunday, team India defeated the Proteas by 16 runs to clinch the three-match series with a game to spare.
The hosts prevailed in what turned out to be a high-scoring affair as both the teams scored in excess of 200 runs. Chasing 238, powered by David Miller’s unbeaten century, the visitors managed 221/3 in 20 overs as India took a 2-0 lead.
With inputs from Samiran Saikia (Guwahati)