Already, with 4 of the 18 suits up to now washed out, this version of the sector Cup has became out to be the wettest one in history.

This repeated abandonment of matches because of wet outfield or rains has precipitated vast economic damage to no longer just the tv and different media rights holders and sponsors but also to the 10s of 1000s spectators who have flocked to England from various parts of the globe.

India’s enthusiasts mainly, who have flown down from India, the united states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the middle East, have been hit hard when India’s suit towards New Zealand was abandoned on Thursday.


sadly, this could no longer be the end of the disruption and it remains to be seen how many extra suits are affected owing to poor scheduling, primitive facilities and an obvious loss of contingency plans.

In hindsight, it is unimaginable that the ICC planned a global Cup event concerning 10 countries without supplying for rain and such interruptions that are pretty ordinary in England at the moment of the yr. And this is the most vexing a part of the whole botched-up scheduling.

The closing time England hosted the sector Cup jointly with eire, Scotland, Wales and The Netherlands in 1999, they supplied for a reserve day for all fits. Happily, barring the fit between India and England which become carried over to the next day, the weather gods had been type sufficient to ensure that rains, if in any respect, fell after playing hours!

but, this time around, no reserve day has been furnished for league fits. And this drawing up of the agenda with a kamikaze spirit had led to the India vs NZ fit, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, South Africa vs West Indies (after 7.3 overs) and Pakistan vs Sri Lanka being abandoned.

The scheduling, that's sure to fee a few group or the opposite an area in the semi-finals, has been made worse by means of England’s floor centers which can be primitive and remnants of an earlier technology.

for instance, in the 2003 final at the Wanderers Stadium in South Africa, Indian spectators cheered with pleasure whilst a cloud burst deposited a humongous quantity of rain whilst India had been reeling in opposition to Ricky Ponting's champion outfit. The Aussies had run up a massive overall of 359 for two and had the Indians 3 down for little or no in much less than a dozen overs.

Had the in shape been rained off at that level the final could have had to be replayed from scratch the following day and Indian fanatics had been hoping that would be the case. However in the media box, South African newshounds have been telling us some thing exclusive. They mentioned that the Wanderers ground could take any quantity of rain and further guaranteed that within half-hour of rains halting, the play should resume. And it did.

That became the first time we realised what a global-magnificence drainage system could surely do.

it's miles apparent that English grounds do no longer have something even remotely equivalent to this.

Even in India, on the KSCA, they've a fantastic sub-terrain gizmo known as the Sub-Air machine which sucks water at 37 times the rate of gravity. KSCA are so confident approximately the prowess of the device — which is also used on the Augusta golf path veggies — that they do not even trouble to cover the outfield when it rains. Simplest the square is blanketed and until it's far completed extraordinarily incompetently, play can resume within 5 to ten mins of rain preventing.

Even Sri Lanka, which does not have such an advanced gadget, have improvised by way of ensuring that the complete floor is protected during rains. Many Indian grounds too similarly defend their turf.

England, but, are a tragedy. Many of their grounds do no longer boast of any amazing drainage gadget, nor do they've the Sub-Air gadget in any ground. For that matter, additionally they do not own any wonderful cover facilities. They are attempting to cowl up their inadequacies by harping on tradition and the way wherein their first rate grandfathers dealt with the threat of rain for the reason that the second one international conflict!

under those instances, the ICC have to have clearly performed one of things: either furnished a reserve day for all matches or have shifted the entire agenda and slotted the occasion to run from the remaining week of June until the first week of August.

They didn’t do both.

England, in the meantime, ensured that the Ashes series in opposition to traditional foes Australia, which could be a cash spinner, changed into held all through the fine a part of the English summer time — late July when Australia engages in exercise games — until mid-September.

In contrast, the arena Cup rights belong to ICC and England gets only a predetermined proportion of the revenue together with other nations.

Worryingly, rains and ICC’s unimaginative scheduling have positioned at hazard other fits too, which include the lots anticipated India–Pakistan conflict on Sunday. Should that recreation also be rained off, it's going to motive irreparable damage to the match itself.

indeed, ICC with their implausible indifference, have left the most essential asset of their kitty on the mercy of rain gods. And considering that this occasion is held in England and at a time while rains can be predicted to play spoilsport, the inanity of the act is of epic proportions.

truely, heads ought to roll within the ICC set-up. Someone have to pay for this large time goof-up which now threatens to mar ICC’s maximum prized occasion. The collective chaos which rains, poor scheduling and the shortage of reserve days would possibly unharness within the coming days would possibly well rattling the modern-day ICC disposition all the time to come back.

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