06:25 GMT07 July 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was bashed by some netizens for “gross mismanagement” of the cricket grounds, and failure to put real measures in place, to avoid the effect of rains during the Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals between India and New Zealand.

    England is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup for the 4th time since the tournament’s inception in 1975.

    Throughout the tournament, recurring “English rains” have led to the complete abandonment of 4 matches, with 3 of them in just one week.

    Several other matches were shortened or delayed as the ground staff at the English grounds were ill-equipped to clear water from the playing field in time.

    Irked by constant disruptions in the much-anticipated World Cup 2019, netizens and some cricket experts have slammed the ECB for the record number of abandoned and or no result games due to rain, in a single edition of the tournament.


    One user called for an outright ban on the English board, as a penalty for handling Cricket's most coveted tournament in such a mediocre way.

    Another user questioned why the ECB has failed to upgrade their grounds or construct “closed roof stadiums” similar to the ones recently unfolded by Cricket Australia.


    Earlier, Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) not to pay the “host fee” to the ECB for the matches that were abandoned due to rain, suggesting that their mismanagement should be punished.

     “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,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by the portal The Hindu Businessline.

    “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 the ECB money.”



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