Sunil Gavaskar criticizes ICC over India vs Canada T20 World Cup match washout: ‘Avoid hosting matches in these conditions’

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Sunil Gavaskar blasts ICC for India vs Canada T20 World Cup match washout: ‘Don’t host matches where…'



“India’s final league match against Canada on Saturday ended in disappointment as the match was washed out due to a ‘wet outfield’. This marks the third time this week that a T20 match was called off due to similar circumstances, with Sri Lanka vs Nepal and USA vs Ireland also facing the same fate earlier in the week.

The Frustration of Former Cricketers and Pundits

The repeated incidents of crucial T20 World Cup matches being washed out despite the absence of rain have sparked frustration among pundits and former cricketers. Renowned former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar even urged the ICC to reconsider hosting matches at venues where the entire ground is not adequately covered to prevent such situations.

In a statement on Star Sports, Gavaskar emphasized, “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 leave the other parts of the ground vulnerable. Many fans were eagerly awaiting the top stars in action, only to be left disappointed. This should not happen.”

Echoing Gavaskar’s sentiments, former England captain Michael Vaughan took to X (formerly Twitter) to express his bewilderment at the lack of sufficient ground covers despite the influx of money in the game. Vaughan questioned, “How we don’t have more covers to protect the entire ground is beyond me… with all the money in the game, we still see games called off due to wet outfields.”

A Call for Change and Improvement

As the cricketing community reflects on these recent washouts, there is a growing consensus that proactive measures need to be taken to ensure the smooth running of matches, especially in major tournaments like the T20 World Cup. The sport’s governing bodies, as well as ground authorities, are urged to prioritize the implementation of necessary equipment and procedures to prevent similar disappointments in the future.

It is crucial for the integrity and excitement of the game that such issues are addressed promptly and effectively. Let’s hope that lessons are learned from these incidents, and necessary steps are taken to avoid such unnecessary disruptions in the future.”



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