To deal with the effects of cyclone 'Vardah', the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association roped in a new way to prepare the stadium's pitch for the fifth India-England Test starting on Friday.
As the covers were removed late on Tuesday afternoon, there was fear that the track might have excess moisture because of the heavy rains due to the cyclonic storm. Now, in order to dry the strip, the groundsmen on Wednesday turned to burning coal. They placed plates of burning coal over the stumps and then put it on the pitch to dry it quickly.
Former England skipper and commentator Nasser Hussain tweeted, "Ground staff trying to dry the pitch at Chepauk with coals."
Ground staff trying to dry the pitch at Chepauk with coals !! pic.twitter.com/6kgphnDvY0— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) December 14, 2016
Ground staff working hard to get ground ready .. nets will be out of action for days !! pic.twitter.com/uG0djJaxKE— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) December 14, 2016
It is heard that they often use this method to remove dampness. However, TNCA secretary Kasi Viswanathan said that the practice pitches at the ground aren't quite yet ready and that they have informed both teams to have fielding sessions only.