March 19: Wrapped in layers of security, Eden Gardens is all set to host the high voltage India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash on Saturday. But the biggest question in the mind of the cricket fans is – will the weather gods hold up?
With the sun playing hide and seek and the regional meteorological office forecasting light rain and lightning in the evening, the mega cricket battle between arch-rivals India and Pakistan lies at the mercy of the rain gods.
“There is a possibility of light rain and lightning in the evening. Various places in Kolkata have already witnessed light showers since morning,” a Met official told IANS.
On the other hand,Earth Hour, which is observed by switching off of lights, for an hour between 8.30pm-9.30pm, will fall on the same time that the Indo-Pak T20 match is being telecast. Even megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is scheduled to render the national anthem of India at the inaugural ceremony, advocated switching off lights.
The fans’ confidence about the game remaining unaffected by possible rain stems from the Sourav Ganguly led Cricket Association of Bengal overhauling the Eden Gardens drainage system. In the past, Eden Gardens had been notorious for matches being abandoned due to showers and it will be interesting to see how the CAB handles the situation if the rain increases in the next hour.