England and Scotland ODI Cancelled Due to Flooded Ground
The One Day International match between England and Scotland, which was to be held in The Grange ground in Edinburgh, Scotland, has now been cancelled. The match was to take place on August 12 but seeing the condition of the ground, it was decided not to hold the match.
The area has had a lot of rain in recent times resulting in flooding of the ground. Furthermore, it has been predicted that the weather conditions would remain poor around that time, thereby eliminating any chances of the match being held. There still still three weeks to go in the match but Cricket Scotland is unsure of the weather conditions improving. Because if the current conditions prevail, the ground would not be up to the marks for an international match to be held. There might be some damage caused then in the temporary infrastructural arrangements, such as seating, and if match is held, the damage might be long-term.
Long discussions were held between both the cricketing Boards, Cricket Scotland and ECB, before the decision was take. There were thoughts about moving the location of match to some other neutral venue. But it wasn't easy to do so in such a short notice.
ECB had signed an agreement with Ireland and Scotland to play international matches with them in alternate years so as to promote the game in those countries. And as one of the conditions of the deal, England would be declared as winner if no match is held.
In an interview with the Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith, he quoted that this is highly frustrating for Cricket Scotland, but they were helpless to take such a decision because they could not take the risk of preparing a ground on temporary basis in such short span of time with the ground completely flooded and after six consecutive weeks of rain.