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India vs South Africa: Leaking roof at Bengaluru stadium draws ire from cricket fans during 5th T20I

Leaking roofs at the iconic M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru during the 5th T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday, June 19 drew the ire of cricket fans in the country. Pictures and videos of water seeping into the stands through broken roofs went viral on social media on Sunday as rain played spoilsport in the series decider on Sunday.

The hard-fought 5-match T20I series between India and South Africa was expected to have a fine finale as the two teams headed to Bengaluru but rain meant only 3.3 overs were bowled before the series decider was called off. The start of play was initially delayed by 50 minutes following which the rain returned early into the first innings.

However, cricket fans in Bengaluru stayed patiently for the play to resume only to return home with disappointment. the state of affairs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, one of the most popular venues in India, left cricket fans shocked as faulty roofs made it difficult for the fans to brave the rain and wait for resumption.

“What was even more disappointing was the state of affairs inside the stadium! The richest board in the world and these are the kind of conditions their fans need to put up with! When will @BCCI @kscaofficial1 improve fan experience befitting the stature of the sport??,” a fan wrote on Twitter, sharing a video of water leaking through the damaged roof in Bengaluru.

In photos shared by a fan on social media, the seats can be seen covered with water, making life difficult for fans who had paid to come watch the decider.

Fans had thronged the stadium in large numbers to cheer for the home team, which had headed into the match with winning momentum.

Notably, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had urged the state associations to make sure the fans get their money’s worth while stressing the money earned from the historic IPL media rights auction will be used to develop domestic cricket, improve infrastructure and viewing experience for fans.

“The BCCI will utilize the revenue generated from IPL to strengthen our domestic cricket structure starting from grassroots, to boost infrastructure and spruce up facilities across India and enrich the overall cricket-watching experience,” Jay Shah had said earlier this month.

“Now, it’s time for our state associations, IPL Franchises to work together with the IPL to enhance the fan experience and ensure that our biggest stakeholder ‘the cricket fan’ is well looked after and enjoys high quality cricket in world-class facilities,” he added.

Meanwhile, fans were offered a 50 percent refund for the ticket prices by the Karnataka State Cricket Association as only 21 balls were bowled before it was called off.

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