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‘Don’t give no money excuse…’: Sunil Gavaskar blasts ICC for not covering whole ground in T20 WC matches

‘Don’t give no money excuse…’: Sunil Gavaskar blasts ICC for not covering whole ground in T20 WC matches

The Florida leg of the tournament saw USA, India's match being abandoned because of wet outfield without a ball being bowled. leading to Pakistan's exit.

The rain has been a major spoilsport in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, especially in the Florida leg. USA went through to the Super Eight stage of the tournament courtesy of their match against Ireland being abandoned because of incessant precipitation. It led to Pakistan being knocked out. Former cricketers expressed their frustration at three matches in Florida being washed out because of rain.

Sunil Gavaskar left angry

Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar urged the ICC to provide matches to only those grounds that has covers for the entire ground.

“My request to the ICC is to ensure there is cover for the entire ground if there is an ICC match. If the venue doesn’t have the covers, don’t give it to that venue. Give it to a ground that has got all covers,” Gavaskar told Star Sports after India’s final group stage game against Canada was abandoned.

“It’s something that the ICC needs to do. All the ground organisations have to have covers that cover the entire ground. This business of covering only the square everybody has got money now. You can’t give the excuse that you don’t have money for covers. However, good your ground drainage system is, you have covers, the grounds will dry faster. People will get to see some cricket. It’s so important for that important. We saw all those guys come from Tampa, Texas. They have travelled long. Here in America, where do they get to see so many top-class players? Give them the opportunity. So get the covers for the entire ground. Everybody can do that,” he added.

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Wet outfield adds to Michael Vaughan’s frustration

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan took to X (previously Twitter) to share his frustration.

He tweeted: “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 !!!!” Vaughan tweeted.

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