Ganguly provides solution to stop further rain washouts

15 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has come up with a solution to stop any further washouts in the ICC World Cup 2019 because of rain. Two weeks into the tournament, as many as four matches have been washed out – the India vs New Zealand match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham being the latest – which is the most in any ICC tournament. With forecasts of more rain next week and no reserve day for group matches, ICC find themselves in a difficult situation, reports

Ganguly, speaking during the coverage of India vs New Zealand match at Nottingham, said the situation can be solved by changing the covers.

“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. 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,” Ganguly told the official broadcasters.

Notably, the policy to cover the entire ground and not only the pitch and thirty-yard circle was initiated by Ganguly after he took charge as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal.

Ganguly also went on to explain that the covers used in Eden Gardens are the same at Lord’s, which allow sunlight to pass.