Visakhapatnam wait on heavy weather

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Despite incessant rain over the last few days, the curator at the ACA-VDCA Stadium is confident that the second India-West Indies ODI will be able to take place.

Despite incessant rain over the last few days, the curator at the ACA-VDCA Stadium is confident that the second India-West Indies ODI will be able to take place.

The Andhra Cricket Association has appointed several new ground staff members in an effort to get the venue ready in time and curator K Naga Mallaiah is confident that the conditions will be good enough for the match to take place even if further rain falls during the night.

Heavy rain also threatened an India A game that was played there previously, and like that occasion, Mallaiah is confident that Sunday's international will take place.

"That time, it rained the whole night but such was our sewage system that we did not have a single wash-out. The ground was ready by morning," he told <i>PTI</i>.

"The match is on 100 per cent, even if it rains tonight. All we need is a few hours before the match to get the stadium ready.

"We knew that there would be a cyclonic formation towards mid-November. Accordingly, we prepared the outfield with more sands and organic manure to keep the grass alive even as the cover is on for days.

"The ground was 90 per cent covered with the rain, there was no seepage."

Tickets for the match at the 27,000 capacity stadium were sold out on the day became available at the cricket-starved city that hasn't seen international action for more than two years.

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