SHIMLA: Soon there are possibilities that no cricket match will be washed out at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) in the picturesque Dharamshala. The Association is putting in place a state of the art technology that will ensure the ground dries up within 20 minutes after the rain.
HPCA has decided to install a sub-air system on the ground on the lines of the one at Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bengaluru. The work of digging up the Dharamshala stadium, which was built 18 years ago, has already started and the new hi-tech sub-air system is expected to be installed in three to four months.
Apart from this, a new pop-up system of modern technology or a modern “rain-gun” will also be installed to provide water in the outfield. HPCA also plans to use only sand in the outfield of the stadium to help in the drying up process.
“The old outfield of the ground would be uprooted and a new one prepared. The new ground will facilitate its drying up within 20 minutes after a rainy spell. Besides, the stadium would be equipped with a hi-tech irrigation and drainage system,” an HPCA official told The New Indian while also revealing that only the best quality of Bermuda grass will be used at the stadium.
Talking about the new system, the official explained that in this system, perforated pipes were inserted in the outfield of the entire stadium.
“The pipes have small holes with the help of which, water comes out through these pipes. Apart from this, water is also taken out through air pressure. Not only this, with the help of this sub-air system, the water that remains stagnant in the grass of the field can also be drawn by air pressure,” he added.