• Lights on for Newlands T20I promises WPCA

    The underground cable that sparked Saturday’s floodlight failure at Newlands will not affect Tuesday’s T20I between South Africa and Sri Lanka, the WPCA has assured CSA.

    Saturday’s 5th ODI between the Proteas and Sri Lanka was brought to an abrupt end by the failure of one of the floodlight pylons right when the Proteas were set for an exciting run chase. However, the Western Province Cricket Association has assured Cricket South Africa and the public that the upcoming T20I on Tuesday will take place without any issues with the lights.

    WPCA CEO Nabeal Dien expressed regret at what occurred, adding that the incident was unfortunate, but ‘could not have been detected early in the pre-match testing that takes place before any domestic or international match.

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    ‘According to our electrical engineers, there was an underground cable that short-circuited due to rodents or age. This also caused the switches and circuit breaker to trip continuously in the pylon. The problem has been resolved, and we are confident that tomorrow’s T20 International will take place without any light interruptions,’ added Dien.

    ‘We apologise to both the Proteas and Sri Lankan teams, as well as to the general public who attended the match and who were viewing on television,’ he concluded.

    The first T20I between South Africa and Sri Lanka takes place at Newlands on Tuesday, starting at 6pm.

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