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A washed out day I am so happy about



Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

The third day of the already thrilling first Test between South Africa and India was washed out without a ball bowled… and I couldn’t be happier about it.

As a passionate cricket fan, who was so excited for this series to start, I was looking forward to how the third day’s play would unfold. However, to see rain falling in a Cape Town, a city suffering its worst drought in decades, was fantastic, making it my most favourite washed out day ever. The prayers of many people were answered.

Cape Town is said to be only months away from “Day Zero” – a day where all of the city’s water reservoirs, six of them, are to run completely dry despite severe level six water restrictions in place.

What do these restrictions look like?

Each residency has a minimum level of water they can use. If they exceed it, they will receive a fine and even potentially have water saving devices installed on their properties. In one of the most crippling droughts to ever hit South Africa, Day Zero would have forced locals to line up to receive some sort of water supply, under police supervision. I don’t know about you, but not seeing this is more important than any game of cricket.

The ICC described the rain as a “pain” and rightly received some backlash for it. Yes, it’s easy to say that it’s disappointing that the rain gods showed up during the cricket, but it doesn’t matter – the welfare of the Cape Town people is much more important, and a governing body as big and powerful as the ICC should know this.

But then the ICC got it right…
So, ahead of what promises to be an exciting fourth day’s play, here’s to more rain in Cape Town in the near future, so the residents can continue to capture much needed water. It certainly was a washed out day I enjoyed.

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Charbel is the owner & founder of, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at

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