Yorkshire ‘very confident’ second T20 between England and Pakistan will take place despite final day of their match against Lancashire being abandoned at Headingley due to unfit outfield… 24 hours after Dominic Leech suffered horror knee injury
- Umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Long scrapped play on the fourth day at 9am
- Areas of Headingley’s Emerald Stand were still damp despite no rainfall
- The episode is reminiscent of an ODI between England and West Indies in 2009
- The current England side are scheduled to face Pakistan in Leeds on Sunday
Yorkshire say they are ‘very confident’ Sunday’s second Twenty20 international between England and Pakistan will go ahead as planned despite the Roses County Championship match being abandoned for the second successive day due to an unfit outfield.
Play on the fourth day was scrapped by the umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong as early as 9am because areas at the Emerald Stand end of the ground were still damp – despite Leeds not experiencing any rainfall and being bathed in sunshine for much of the preceding 24 hours.
‘It has improved but not enough and the most important thing was to not risk the safety of the players,’ said a Yorkshire spokesperson.
Yorkshire are confident England’s second T20 against Pakistan will go ahead despite a successive day of their match against Lancashire abandoned due to an unfit outfield
Yorkshire’s Dominic Leech (pictured in 2020) suffered a dislocation of his left knee on Tuesday
He added that the club was ‘very confident for Sunday’ because ‘the weather forecast is very good between now and then.’
The episode at the recently developed side of the ground – the Emerald Stand was completed in spring 2019 – is reminiscent of the 2009 one-day international between England and West Indies.
That game was abandoned in glorious summer weather, to a cacophony of boos from a five-figure crowd, as water oozed under foot, soon after a £600,000 drainage system had been installed at Headingley.
The episode is reminiscent of the ODI between Andrew Strauss’ England and West Indies in 2009, a game abandoned in glorious summer weather
Gould and Llong took the players off half an hour after lunch on Tuesday and curtailed proceedings at 4:30pm following two further inspections, assessing that conditions were ‘unfit and unsafe’.
The decision came after young Yorkshire fast bowler Dominic Leech careered into a concrete wall in front of the west stand, attempting to prevent a boundary.
Leech, 20, was later taken to hospital with his left knee in a brace but X-rays revealed no break, just a dislocation. He was due to undergo an MRI scan yesterday and see a specialist on Thursday.
England will be looking to win the T20 series having won all three of the one-day matches
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