India take on Pakistan in their 2nd Group 2 match after a crushing 47-run defeat against New Zealand in the opening game of the ‘Super 10’ round of the ICC World T20 2016. While the India vs Pakistan clash has overcome several obstacles, the most prominent being the change of venue from Dharamsala to Kolkata, a new obstacle has emerged. The Earth Hour 2016, an event which urges people all over the world to switch off all non-essential lights for a span of one hour.
The India vs Pakistan match is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST on March 19 and the Earth Hour will be observed between 8:30 and 9:30 PM IST. The peculiarity of the situation is such that the Earth Hour in India is being endorsed by opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and he will be playing under the lights at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
In a media interaction, Dhawan told The Hindu that climate change is a problem that we need to solve collectively.
“Like cricket, Earth Hour brings people together. I would urge people to come together and find newer, smarter ways to help save the planet. As we chase our dream of becoming World Champions again, we are counting on you to help us realise our dream of a greener planet. Let’s stand together against climate change.”
Will fans experience power cuts during the India vs Pakistan game?
Since following the Earth Hour is a matter of personal choice, it is highly unlikely that one experiences a power cut. Dhawan also requested fans to watch the India vs Pakistan game in the dark for an hour, thus marking their support for this environmental cause.