Scotland v England ODI called off
England’s one-day international with Scotland on Sunday 12 August has been cancelled due to flooding at the Grange in Edinburgh and no suitable alternative venue being available.
The flood was caused by the Water of Leith bursting its banks and left over a third of the ground under water, in some areas over five feet deep. Forty metres of main wall around the ground were destroyed by the water.
Following more heavy rain and flooding yesterday, and with an unsettled forecast for the next two weeks, the Grange Club and Cricket Scotland cannot be certain that the ground will either be playable on the day or dry enough to take the significant infrastructure involved in constructing the arena for the game.
Seven to 10 days before the game 3,200 temporary seats and large marquees were to be erected. There is no guarantee this could be achieved without significant and lasting damage to the ground.
The ECB and Cricket Scotland have together spent considerable time looking at alternative options to stage the game but, at such short notice, there were none found that were either practical or achievable.
All ticket holders will be refunded in full and made an offer to attend Scotland matches next season for free.
Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith said: "This is a hugely frustrating decision that Cricket Scotland have had to make, but we could not justifiably take the risk of building the facility on a ground so saturated from over six weeks of rain.
"The build is only two weeks away and, with an unsettled forecast for the remainder of July, we have had to make a decision based on the facts presented to us and the professional advice we have taken.
"We have been faced with an unprecedented and sustained period of rain that has, unfortunately, taken the season's biggest game from us."
ECB chief executive David Collier said: "ECB shares Cricket Scotland's disappointment that the flooding has forced the ODI to be cancelled this year.
"Cricket Scotland has made great progress in recent years and the ODIs between Scotland and England provide a wonderful opportunity to promote the game and to bring new supporters to cricket.
"We look forward to returning to Scotland in future years and wish our friends at Cricket Scotland every success in the future."