Sunil Gavaskar blasts ICC for India vs Canada T20 World Cup ...

16 Jun 2024

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India's T20 World Cup match against Canada was washed out due to wet outfield, marking the third such incident in a week. Former cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Vaughan criticized the lack of covers on the entire ground, calling for better preparations to avoid match cancellations.

Premium NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: Sunil Gavaskar looks on during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup West Indies & USA 2024 match between India and Ireland at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on June 05, 2024 in New York, New York. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by ROBERT CIANFLONE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP) (Getty Images via AFP)

India's final league match against Canada on Saturday was washed out due to a 'wet outfield'. Notably, this was the third time this week that a T20 match was washed out despite there being no rain. Sri Lanka vs Nepal on Tuesday and USA vs Ireland clash on Friday were also washed out for the same reason.

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The fact that crucial T20 World Cup matches have been washed out despite the absence of rain has not gone down well with pundits and many former cricketers. Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar went as far as to ask the ICC not to play matches where the groundsmen don't have enough covers to protect the entire outfield.

Speaking on Star Sports about the match, Gavaskar said, "Request To ICC, that it should not host the matches where there are no covers to cover the entire ground. You just can't cover the pitch and let the other parts of the ground get wet. So many people were waiting to see top stars in action but they were denied. This should not be the case,"

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The crucial India game getting washed out also illicited a similar reaction from former England skipper Michael Vaughan. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Vaughan stated that it was beyond him how some grounds still don't have covers to cover the whole ground despite all the money coming into the game.

Vaughan wrote, “How we don’t have more covers to cover all the ground is beyond me .. all the money in the game yet we still get games called off for wet outfields."

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Published: 16 Jun 2024, 09:25 AM IST

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