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No shower for more than two minutes for India players in drought-hit Cape Town: Report

A Crisis Level 6 water has been administered in Cape Town as the city council has permitted just 87 litres per person a day or 10,000 litres for a month.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Published on: January 04, 2018 18:13 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri during a press conference.

The Indian team have been informed that they should not take a shower for more than two minutes due to unusual drought conditions which is being experienced in Cape Town.  

A Crisis Level 6 water has been administered in Cape Town as the city council has permitted just 87 litres per person a day or 10,000 litres for a month.The council has imposed a fine of 10,000 rands ( Rs.51,000 approximate) on those who fail to follow the Level 6 water restrictions. 

According to Indian Express, the Men in Blue who play their first Test match in Cape Town have also been advised to follow the same rules as every one else in the city. 

“The street is choked with cars and trailers. Children and the elderly crowd around a place with puddles that has a pipeline with a signage that says: ‘The fountain’,” the report said.

“I find it embarrassing to add that one line after I have given the usual instructions about keys and kitchen cleanliness. To tell somebody not to flush can’t be a great start of gold standard in hospitality,” a local Airbnb owner was quoted in the report.

The local media, the report said, are talking about ‘Zero Day’ in April when the city may end up as the first city in the modern world to become waterless.

“When you have to worry about something as important as water, it’s difficult to spare some mind space for sports,” the report quoted a resident.

Team India aim to end their dry spell as well as they have never won a Test series in South Africa. The Virat Kohli led India eye success in an unconquered territory as they travel as the top Test team to Cape Town. 

Reports have also stated that Team India may not encounter the kind of bounce the visitors expect from the Newlands track as the drought which is known as one of the worst in many years, has made it difficult for the groundstaff to prepare a pitch that suits the hosts. 

Virat and Co may very well take advantage of the wicket as they play the first Test on January 5 at Newlands, Cape Town.

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