CWC 2019: Angry Kumble reacts to Ind-NZ washout
If suppose there is one adjustment which is to be made to the ICC World Cup trophy, then it has to be a big umbrella attached on the top of the trophy. Yes, the ongoing tournament has been ever so frustrating with fans of all teams singing ‘Rain rain go away, come again another day’ pretty much sums up everything.
The recent fixture between India and New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled and the Indian fans, in particular, were not so happy with what they have seen at Trent Bridge.
Meanwhile, the expert panel at Star Sports questioned why extra covers were not used to cover the whole ground at Trent Bridge even when it was drizzling continuously on Thursday. Now, India and New Zealand are expected to share points in Nottingham as constant showers have done enough damage to the ground.
The ongoing World Cup is the most affected one by rain and as many as 4 matches have been cancelled due to a torrential downpour. In fact, the rain has scored more points in the World Cup so far than any other team.
Anil Kumble slammed Nottingham’s rain preparedness as he was seen asking some tough questions to the ground staff.
“It’s the water that’s runoff from the covers. My question is there’s been plenty of rain, there was a prediction for a lot of rain this week. Could they have reinforced more covers in Nottingham and covered most of the area of the ground?,” asked Kumble on Star Sports.
“The advantage in one sense in England is that you have a large cover. But the disadvantage is when it rains like this. The areas around the bowling run-up are wet,” Kumble added.
Brian Lara who was there with Kumble also agreed his opinion on the ground preparedness and also stated that ECB needed to keep rain in mind and prepare for the same.
“It’s a huge tournament. A lot of money is invested. We knew from a long time ago that this [rain threat] was a great possibility. They should have ideally thought ‘hey, let’s have some extra covers, extra labour so that we have a bit of cricket,” Lara said.