Second ICC World Test Championship under threat of rain

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The second series of the newly formed ICC World Test Championship beginning at the Galle International Stadium between Sri Lanka and New Zealand today looks like being confined to a watery beginning with the prospect of the match being affected largely by bad weather.

Neither team had any chance of even making their way to the ground as it rained throughout the day yesterday. The entire ground was under covers and it didn’t present an encouraging sight.

The BBC weather forecast for Galle during the five days of the Test is thundery showers for the first four days and sunny intervals on the fifth and final day.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson didn’t think too much about the weather but said, “All the guys are really excited to get the Test Championship under way.”About the weather: “I guess that’s sort of an unknown. We haven’t seen the surface.

In the 10 or 12 days we’ve been here, about eight of them have been rained out. It’s just one of those things that you try and prepare mentally as best as you can. We look forward to starting the Test tomorrow.”

New Zealand had only a day’s play in their only 3-day warm-up game against a Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI at Katunayake with the other two days being washed out by rain. The bad weather seems to be following them because yesterday no one from either team got a hit at the nets. However both teams had a good work out on Monday when the rains kept away.