Storm threatens Chennai Test

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

The first test match between India and Sri Lanka, which is slated to begin on Friday, is now dependent upon the weather.

Chennai:

The first Test match between India and Sri Lanka, which is slated to begin in Chennai on Friday, is now dependent upon the weather. All eyes are on the weather report as a cyclone is likely to hit the Tamil Nadu coast. But there was no sign of inclement weather today as both teams practised at the nets. If the weather stays this way, Chennai could be part of more cricket history courtesy Sachin Tendulkar, who could well score his 35th Test hundred overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's record. "The mood in the dressing room is excellent. And definitely along the way if some milestones are crossed it will be a great feeling," said V V S Laxman, Member, Indian Cricket Team. Legal question mark But it is not just the weather that has cast a shadow over this match. There is also a legal question mark over what could be some exciting cricket action in Chennai. Over the last three years, three international matches have been washed out in Chennai, prompting a cricket fan to question the BCCI's logic of scheduling matches in the middle of the North East Monsoon. "We are seeking a permanent injunction to restrain the BCCI from scheduling international matches in Chennai during the monsoon season. As an interim measure, we are seeking a stay on the Test match on Friday," said Lingeshwaran, Lawyer. Ticket sales are due to commence on Thursday but that too will hinge on a decision of a Chennai Civil Court.

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