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India-New Zealand washout: Where are the ground covers in England?

NOTTINGHAM: The India-New Zealand sport at Trent Bridge on Thursday become the 3rd fit to be washed out without a ball being bowled on this World Cup (yet one more ended with slightly 8 overs being bowled). That simply two fits had been complete washouts in all earlier Cups put in combination highlights the loss of preparation on the part of the organisers, which has left primary stakeholders livid.


They are indignant with the tournament’s scheduling in the beginning of June and now not later, and with the fact that organisers haven’t invested in full floor covers for the World Cup.

“What’s the first thing you do while you arrive in England? Get some rain duvet. That’s common sense. Why now not for the grounds? Trent Bridge has a perfect hovercraft. The squares are lined. The drainage is great. Why don’t they have got full floor covers?” a major stakeholder on this World Cup, livid that the India-New Zealand fit couldn’t begin, instructed TOI.

It did not rain ceaselessly in Nottingham on Thursday and a curtailed fit used to be conceivable. But it needed to be deserted due to a wet outfield. It rained for 48 hours resulting in the fit day and the outfield may just now not dry up in time.

India ex-captain Sourav Ganguly, who is doing commentary in England, mentioned, “Eden Gardens has a full floor duvet. The humorous thing is, we purchased it from England. I wonder why England & Wales Cricket Board couldn’t get themselves a few of the ones.”

‘How much does a floor duvet cost?’

The broadcasters of the tournament have been sitting annoyed at the turn of events. Three fits have been washed away and 4 (together with the ones 3) have ended up without a result.

“How much does a floor duvet cost? Ask the BCCI because they purchased a few of the ones forward of the World T20 in March 2016. It wasn’t the monsoon season in India at the time however they still spent that money – around one crore according to duvet, I think. The India as opposed to Pakistan fit at Eden Gardens may just happen only because there have been full floor covers,” a senior cricket government mentioned.

The England Cricket Board (ECB) has obviously now not been short of finances. Former BCCI president and now a member of parliament, Anurag Thakur, mentioned that the budget allotted to ECB for webhosting this 2019 World Cup has been thrice upper than what India received for webhosting the 2016 World T20. “I had taken this up with the ICC in the 2015 ICC board assembly in Barbados,” Thakur recalled.

Sources mentioned ECB had requested for an larger budget because they wanted to buy place of job house in London to paintings on the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2019 ICC World Cup. “Renting in central London would’ve been a more expensive proposition. ICC authorized the budget even as BCCI argued against it. At thrice the budget, they couldn’t put money into rain covers?” mentioned the supply.

Squabbling over rain forcing no-shows doesn’t finish right here. There are those that blame the scheduling of the World Cup, which they say has to do a lot more with the 2019 Ashes collection that begin in the first week of August.

“June and July are the tricky months in England. That is why, each and every marquee home collection in England begins after mid-July. Look at India’s excursion of England final year. The one-dayers started on July 12 and the Tests were scheduled instantly in August. That’s because it helps the ECB broadcaster. Even the World T20 in Australia next year is a possibility. It’s scheduled in October. Australia’s best possible four cricketing months are November onwards. But that’s reserved for his or her home collection,” mentioned assets.

Scheduling aside, England is in a multitude presently as a result of touring spectators who had invested on this trip months upfront. “Money spent on price ticket is final of our headache. We know there’ll be a refund. A 100% refund. ECB all the time promises that. But what about our flight tickets and lodge bookings? There’s no refund for that,” mentioned a fan from Mumbai who arrived in England on June 8 and had reserved tickets for the India fits against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

“Even the forecast in Manchester, the venue of the India-Pakistan stumble upon, is being worried. That’s something the English get it right, you already know? Their rain forecast,” mentioned a fan.

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