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

NOTTINGHAM: The India-New Zealand game at Trent Bridge on Thursday was the third fit to be washed out and not using a ball being bowled in this World Cup (one more ended with slightly eight overs being bowled). That simply two fits had been entire washouts in all earlier Cups put together highlights the lack of preparation on the part of the organisers, which has left primary stakeholders livid.


They are indignant with the event’s scheduling originally of June and no longer later, and with the truth that organisers haven’t invested in complete floor covers for the World Cup.

“What’s the very first thing you do when you arrive in England? Get some rain quilt. That’s common sense. Why no longer for the grounds? Trent Bridge has a perfect hovercraft. The squares are covered. The drainage is great. Why don’t they've complete floor covers?” a big stakeholder in this World Cup, livid that the India-New Zealand fit couldn’t begin, instructed TOI.

It didn't rain incessantly in Nottingham on Thursday and a curtailed fit was possible. But it had to be deserted because of a wet outfield. It rained for 48 hours leading to the fit day and the outfield could no longer dry up in time.

India ex-captain Sourav Ganguly, who's doing commentary in England, said, “Eden Gardens has a complete floor quilt. The funny thing is, we purchased it from England. I wonder why England & Wales Cricket Board couldn’t get themselves a couple of of those.”

‘How a lot does a floor quilt cost?’

The broadcasters of the event have been sitting pissed off on the turn of events. Three fits have been washed away and 4 (including those three) have ended up and not using a consequence.

“How a lot does a floor quilt cost? Ask the BCCI as a result of they purchased a couple of of those ahead of the World T20 in March 2016. It wasn’t the monsoon season in India on the time but they still spent that money – around one crore in line with quilt, I think. The India as opposed to Pakistan fit at Eden Gardens could happen simplest as a result of there were complete floor covers,” a senior cricket govt said.

The England Cricket Board (ECB) has clearly no longer been short of budget. Former BCCI president and now a member of parliament, Anurag Thakur, said that the funds allotted to ECB for hosting this 2019 World Cup has been three times higher than what India received for hosting the 2016 World T20. “I had taken this up with the ICC in the 2015 ICC board meeting in Barbados,” Thakur recalled.

Sources said ECB had requested for an higher funds as a result of they wanted to buy place of work area 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 approved the funds even as BCCI argued against it. At three times the funds, they couldn’t put money into rain covers?” said the supply.

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

“June and July are the tough months in England. That is why, each and every marquee home series in England starts after mid-July. Look at India’s excursion of England closing year. The one-dayers started on July 12 and the Tests were scheduled immediately in August. That’s because it helps the ECB broadcaster. Even the World T20 in Australia next year is a risk. It’s scheduled in October. Australia’s very best 4 cricketing months are November onwards. But that’s reserved for his or her home series,” said sources.

Scheduling apart, England is in a large number at the moment because of traveling spectators who had invested in this travel months prematurely. “Money spent on price ticket is closing of our headache. We know there’ll be a reimbursement. A 100% refund. ECB always guarantees that. But what about our flight tickets and hotel bookings? There’s no refund for that,” said a fan from Mumbai who arrived in England on June eight 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 encounter, is being worried. That’s something the English get it right, you know? Their rain forecast,” said a fan.

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