By Pamela Ramcharan
RAIN has delayed the first match of the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Opening the tournament at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Tuesday are the Kieron Pollard-led Trinbago Knight Riders and the Guyana Amazon Warriors captained by Chris Green.
There was persistent heavy rainfall overnight and continuing Tuesday morning due to the combination of an ITCZ and the passage of a tropical wave.
In fact, an adverse weather alert was issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Met Service on Sunday.
It warned of heavy showers and thunderstorms and on Tuesday, there are reports of flooding in several parts of south Trinidad.
In previous cricket matches at the Tarouba ground, the field had been waterlogged and games were cancelled as a result.
In the 10.30am update, CPL officials said the rain had stopped and the covers had been removed from the pitch.
The commentators said the latest the match could start would be 1.11pm local time.
They added, that is the deadline for a five-overs shootout.
A second match is set for today at 5.30pm with the Barbados Tridents up against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
That game is at the same venue.
The first game is on the way at 11.35 am local time with TKR winning the toss and electing to field. The game has been reduced to 17 overs per side with the power play in the first five overs instead to six.