President Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind

President Kovind not to attend India-Australia T20I in Melbourne

ANI | Updated: Nov 23, 2018 14:13 IST

Melbourne [Australia], Nov 23 (ANI): Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s much-anticipated visit to witness India-Australia T20 match live at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has been cancelled.
As per sources, the weather in Melbourne is not suitable for on-pitch introductions of the players and as per the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Regulations, the players cannot leave the secure area.
The President was scheduled to drop in for a short duration at the India-Australia T20 game at the MCG.
"While he will only watch a few minutes of play at the MCG #PresidentKovind will become the first President of India to see an international cricket match live abroad. Coincidentally Australia was the first country the Indian cricket team toured after Independence, in 1947-48," he had tweeted earlier.
The men in blue will be locking horns with the host nation with the hope of registering a win in the match.
Lately, President Kovind seemed to have cricket on his mind. In almost all his speeches since he landed in Australia, he has used the cricket metaphor quite liberally, drawing applause from the appreciative audience which included the Prime Minister of Australia.
He warmly said that the Australian cricket team was a favourite with Indians especially when they competed for the Ashes but only not when playing against India. He went on to welcome Australian businesses to India saying "the pitch is ready."
While delivering a speech in the Melbourne University, the President said, "Another promising area for our partnership is the field of sports.  Australia is a sports powerhouse and India is aspiring to be one. In Cricket, we have learnt many tricks from each other, be it the “doosra” or the skill to negotiate the white “Kookaburra” ball. But we want to go beyond the cricket playing field. Your sporting expertise can help us develop sports medicine, sports management and a sporting way of life. On our side, we are ever ready to share with you how to bring the balance of Yoga to the pace of Australian Rules Football!"
Currently, India are trailing the ongoing three-match T20I series 0-1. The game is a must-win for India if they want to keep their winning hopes alive in the series.(ANI)