Sunil Gavaskar Slams CSA Over Rain Woes, Urges Full Ground Covers for International Fixtures

Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar expressed frustration with Cricket South Africa (CSA) as the first T20I between India and South Africa was called off due to persistent rain in Durban. Gavaskar emphasized the need for comprehensive ground covers to ensure prompt play after rain and cited examples, urging cricket boards worldwide to adopt proactive measures.

In his critique, Gavaskar suggested that if the entire ground is not covered during rain delays, it significantly hampers the chances of timely proceedings. He stressed the importance of swift action to make use of available technology and resources, pointing out that cricket boards, despite variances in wealth, possess the means to invest in quality covers.

Drawing inspiration from the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Gavaskar praised the initiative taken under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, emphasizing the need for other cricket boards to follow suit. He highlighted Eden Gardens’ proactive approach to covering the entire ground, ensuring readiness for play even after adverse weather conditions.

Gavaskar recalled an instance from the 2019 World Cup, citing numerous matches affected due to wet outfields in England. He underlined the impact on teams losing points because of delays caused by inadequate ground covering. Gavaskar called for a collective responsibility among cricket boards to address this issue, preventing unnecessary disruptions and ensuring the smooth conduct of international fixtures.

Looking ahead to the series, Gavaskar acknowledged the competitive spirit between India and South Africa, emphasizing the need for efficient measures to combat weather uncertainties. As the cricketing world braces for the second T20I, Gavaskar’s call for comprehensive ground covers becomes more relevant, with a cautious eye on the weather forecast indicating potential rain challenges at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.