Rain threatens first Test between India and EnglandDecember 9th, 2008 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Dec 9 (IANS) The first Test between India and England staring at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Thursday is threatened by rain. Wet weather, marked by intermittent drizzle, greeted the India and England cricket teams as both got down to extended training sessions Tuesday.
While the Indians spent a little over an hour at nets and fielding drills, England were at the ground for over two hours.
The Met office has forecasted more rains over the next 72 hours.
The sky remained overcast for much of the day and it is a matter of speculation whether the five-day game will be rain-free.
Meanwhile, there has been no let-up in security with some 5000 personnel involved in a massive effort to provide the two teams, especially England, the kind of safety net that the visiting side had insisted prior to their return to India.
Indian scribes snubbed
A section of the Indian media assembled here was upset when stopped from following a bunch of British journalists on to the ground.
However, a few British journalists casually walked on to the ground and were seen inspecting the pitch. A few Indian journalists then tried to enter the ground but were stopped.
Shockingly, not one among the hundreds of security personnel at the venue prevented the foreign journalists before an official of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association asked the visiting scribes to leave the field.
The photographers are the worst hit from the security restrictions as they are unable to get any “close-up” images of the players.