Following another day of play lost due to rains in Vijayawada, the venue of the quadrangular series (involving India A, India B, Australia A and South Africa A) has been moved out. The tournament, which earlier involved all the four teams facing each other twice in the series, before a final, has also been restructured after the first four games were washed out without a ball being bowled.
Cricbuzz understands that the tournament is now likely to be played in Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Alur. The four teams will now take on each other only once before the top two teams qualify for the final. The league matches will be played on August 23, 25 and 27, and the final on August 29.
The first two games, which were set to be played on August 17 were called off as the ACA ground in Mulapadu couldn’t dry up in time due to poor drainage facility. Both the teams were awarded one point each.
The two games that were set to take place on Sunday, couldn’t get going due to a thunderstorm on Saturday evening followed by continuous drizzle. With the weather forecast not promising anything better in the coming week, the decision was taken to move the matches out of Vijayawada.
All the points awarded to the teams so far stand to be nullified.
All the four teams have only managed to have one or two sessions (South Africa A) of indoor training, in Mangalagiri, since arriving in the city on August 15. All the teams will be leaving for Bangalore on Sunday evening with a view to get some outdoor training before the rescheduled tournament gets underway.
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