ICC World Cup 2019: Sunil Gavaskar feels ECB’s ‘negligence’ responsible for washouts

Disheartened by the constant interruptions in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, former Indian skipper, Sunil Gavaskar slams ECB for lack of preparations
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Former Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday blamed England Cricket Board for ‘negligent’ approach towards rain, leading to interruption in the much-anticipated World Cup 2019.

“Well, ECB (is responsible). ECB is the one that runs the game here. The Lancashire County Cricket Club comes under its jurisdiction. So it’s the ECB’s responsibility,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by India Today.

 

Part of the commentary panel for Star, Gavaskar insisted that if the ever-important India vs Pakistan game is washed out, International Cricket Council (ICC) shouldn’t hesitate to take action against England Cricket Board (ECB).

 

“I also believe the ICC needs to tell the ECB now ‘the game hasn’t taken place because of negligence from your part. So you will not get that guaranteed USD 750,000. ECB gets USD 750,000 irrespective of whether a ball is bowled or not. That should not be the case. If the game doesn’t start tomorrow because of this, I don’t think the ICC should be giving ECB money.” He said.

 

The 69-year-old also questioned the lack of covers used for the tournament,

“Terrible (ground not covered on Saturday). Unacceptable. This is a big tournament. You know the conditions in England and not to have that (extra covers) is absolutely unacceptable in my view,”

 

“In a country like the West Indies, or in some parts of India where it hardly rains, you can understand grounds not being fully covered. However, Kolkata has got it done. Sri Lanka has it, has covers all over the ground. Why can’t England?” He questioned.

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