Sourav Ganguly questions ICC's decision to not use full covers despite rain in World Cup 2019 match

Eight out of the ten countries participating in the World Cup have been victim to an abandoned game due to rain.
Sourav Ganguly questions ICC's decision to not use full covers despite rain in World Cup 2019 matchSourav Ganguly questions ICC's decision to not use full covers despite rain in World Cup 2019 match
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With four games, including India's game with New Zealand washed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 already, Indian legend Sourav Ganguly hit out at the ICC and questioned the prevailing issue, raising questions on how the international board has been dealing with the rain-affected event.

The Indian, who is in England to commentate on the World Cup, has suggested that the ICC resort to using full ground covers instead of using ones that only cover the main square. The covers that should be used, according to him, have been used at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, and were imported by the BCCI from England back in 2016 during the ICC T20 World Cup. 

“The covers that are used in India, at the Eden Gardens are from England and using them here (in England) would have meant spending half the cost and it is also tax-free, so they should have used those here anyway. In India, we use these covers for all matches, so that when the rain stops the match can resume within 10 minutes,” Ganguly said.

The left-hander also stated that as the covers in India are light-weight compared to the ones in United Kingdom, they use less manpower and time as well. Hence, they could immediately cover the ground in case of sudden showers. 

“They are very light covers, it’s not difficult to lift it, you don’t need too much manpower. The blue covers that were used earlier in India, used to take more than 10 times the time and people in comparison to now. The covers that are in Eden Gardens and in Lord’s are translucent covers, so light goes past it,” Ganguly mentioned.

“This way the grass won’t dry up nor will the colour change from green to brown, if you use them to cover the outfield. For such important matches, and in a tournament like the World Cup — especially in a country like England, where the rains are so frequent, having these covers are very important, especially on the outfield as well,” added the 46-year old.

All teams but England and Australia have been at the end of a rain-affected game in this World Cup.

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