Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Rain could ruin Brian Lara Stadium launch

...but game is on, at this time

Rainfall over south Trinidad as seen from the Grand Bazaar Interchange, looking south.

A storm is brewing on social media this afternoon, with supporters and opponents of the Brian Lara Stadium debating and debasing each other over whether the game can still go on, given the rainfall and overcast conditions.

Some are pointing out that the stadium is a “dry weather” facility, with few areas covered, and that most of the seats are drenched at this time.

Rain clouds hang ominously over the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba where the opening ceremony and T20 match between a Brian Lara XI and International XI is scheduled to being from 6pm on Friday.

However, the Express has been told by officials of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago who are at the stadium facility at this time, that there are no plans to cancel the event.

According to SPORTT's communication officer Natasha Nunez “the game is on as scheduled. So far the weather had not had any impact on the playing field”.

She noted, however that no one had control over the weather, and if rain continues, the game may not come off.

The official opening of the billion dollar Brian Lara Cricket Academy (BLCA) will take place at Tarouba from 6 p.m. and will feature an exhibition T20 match between a Brian Lara XI and an International XI led by former Sri Lanka World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

A view of the stands located at the northern side of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,000, said Nunez who was unsure whether the game is sold out.