Because the toss has been postponed at VCA stadium in Nagpur due to wet field after rain in the city. The umpires first inspected the grounds at 7pm when the toss was originally scheduled to take place and have now scheduled a third inspection at 8:45pm. This means that overs are reduced as the game takes place. The umpires were in talks with captains Rohit Sharma and Aaron Finch before the announcement of the second ground inspection came up.
The spectators are not happy that the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium does not have an air system to dry the water features and prepare the ground for a cricket match. After it rained all day in Nagpur and other parts of Maharashtra, some areas of ground remained wet even after the rain had stopped. With the sun to dry it off, the officials could only wait for the outfield to be ready to play. The match would have started earlier if there had been a sub-air system.
What is the air system in a cricket stadium?
The SubAir Surface Aeration and Vacuum Operated Drainage System, or simply the SubAir System, refers to a technology that helps prevent water build-up as it is able to drain water 36 times faster than normal conditions.
The system works by drawing the water out through the superabsorber tubes at a rate of more than 10,000 liters per minute from the moment it starts to rain on the ground. The technology works via activated signals from the remote sensors installed in the field.
The state-of-the-art facility was installed at the Chinaaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru to eliminate the need for match cancellations or delays due to wet field conditions.
The aeration function of the SubAir system provides an optimal growing environment for the root zone, minimizing sod, algae, excessive thatch and black film.
The Karnataka Cricket Association (KCA) had the SubAir system installed at a cost of INR 4.25 crore. The maintenance cost of the state-of-the-art technology is about INR 7 lakh per year.