Embarrassed by the moth attack that made playing close to impossible at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Monday, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has swung into action.
According to GCA secretary, Rajesh Patel, stringent measures are on the anvil to keep the area around the stadium clean and a fogging machine is being used to prevent a repeat incident.
“For the past two days, we are using the fogging machine several times a day and will continue doing so till the end of the Ahmedabad leg of the IPL. Tomorrow, a private firm will carry out pesticide treatment inside the stadium,” Patel said on Thursday.
“Moths are usual at this time of the year, but it was the first time we saw them in such huge numbers. We have taken the help of the municipal authorities as well to keep the stadium clean and are ensuring that people don’t litter garbage outside the premises,” he added.
Several players, including Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, Shane Warne and Virender Sehwag had complained about the pesky moths after the Daredevils-Royals clash.
“We understand players get disturbed if there are so many insects hovering around them. We are trying our best to prevent it from happening again. We didn’t face the problem when India played South Africa in an ODI in February.
“These things are natural, but not always in our control,” Patel said.
The moth attack on Monday was accentuated by the fact that it was a day-night match and insects are usually attracted to light.
The floodlights and electronic boards were major attractions for the insects and hence the trouble.
Ahmedabad will host three more IPL matches, and while two of them (March 20 and 28) have early starts (4pm), the March 26 clash starts at 8 pm.