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Indian cricketers asked to shower only for 2 minutes due to water shortage

Rajdeep Puri
4.45K   //    05 Jan 2018, 12:27 IST

The first Test between India and South Africa begins today

The first Test between India and South Africa begins today

What's the story?

Shortly before the commencement of the first Test between India and South Africa, the Indian cricket team players have been asked to shower only for 2 minutes due to an ongoing water shortage in Cape Town.

"With many in the Indian team hailing from areas with water problems, they understand the severity of the situation, but they aren’t quite timing their baths as of now," the Indian Express reported.

In case you didn't know...

The Indian cricket team arrived in South Africa shortly before the beginning of 2018 and have been preparing for the first Test ever since.

The details:

Cape Town is currently witnessing one of the worst ever water shortages - the Western Cape's worst drought in 113 years.

A lot of rules have been imposed on the residents of the city. The use of drinking water to fill pools, water gardens, and wash cars, has been banned. Residents have also been told to limit their water usage to 87 litres per day.

"We are building two desalinisation plants and each one will bring on about seven million litres per day but people will now have to get used to the fact that water will never be in abundance again and we must save it at all time," Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille was reported as saying.

What's next?

The first Test between the two sides begins today in Cape Town.

Author's take:

It is quite unfortunate that the Indian cricketers have been forced to cut down on their water usage but given the circumstances, there is not much that can be done.

However, this should not affect the preparation of the side as they look to achieve their first ever series victory in South Africa.

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