Umpires feeling the heat
May 17, 2007 - 2:47:44 PM

The umpires for the first India-Bangladesh Test match, starting here Friday, are already feeling the heat and humidity, like the players and other organisers whose job keeps them on the field.

Daryl Harper, the affable Australian umpire who visited he Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Thursday is gearing up for the some tough time in the middle.

'It's very hot and humid out there,' a sweating Harper told IANS as he looked for his on-field colleague Billy Doctrove from the West Indies.

Both umpires Harper and Doctrove live near the sea coasts in Adelaide and Dominica respectively.

This port city has seen all kinds of weather in the last few days - rains, bright sunshine, strong winds, humidity and even a threat of cyclone, which eventually did not hit the city. It rained so hard in the last few days here that the third and final One-day International against India was abandoned due to a soggy, unplayable outfield.

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