Australian Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has been declared missing after being suspected of abduction by Jawas.
Upon arriving in Ranchi for the third Test in their four-Test series against India, Australia were very interested in examining the much-maligned Ranchi pitch, famed for its dusty surface and lack of life. Matthew Wade, against team instructions, opted to examine the pitch on his own, carrying nothing for protection but a cricket ball mallet.
"In the sandy, windswept terrain of the JSCA International Stadium Complex, you've always got to be aware of the risks about you. Inhospitable, uninhabitable, much too unsafe for a small Wade to be venturing out on his own," said Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett.
"Jawas, Tusken Raiders, the Zybahhod Yenyoni, you've got to keep your wits about you. If he's lucky, Wadey might get bought by an IPL team or repurposed as a working keeper, but otherwise he'll just get sold for parts."
There has been much criticism of the conditions in Ranchi, however the ground staff are adamant that not much can be done.
"We haven't seen any rain since October. This is one of the driest parts of India. The water supply is controlled by the Sand People. I have no idea why we even play cricket here. We should play an indoor sport, like basketball, or eating a lovely soup. Is eating a lovely soup a sport? It should be," said chief groundskeeper Aniruddh Tushar.
If Wade is not recovered by the start of the Test match, Australia are expected to name Cornelius Evazan as replacement keeper, who will add fuel to the already burning fire between Australian and Indian captains Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.
"He (Smith) doesn't like him (Kohli)," said Evazan.
"I don't like him either."
The series is tied 1-1.