India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparedness

first_img Next India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparednessICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India Today from Manchester, said the England and Wales Cricket Board should be held responsible if the big-ticket match between India and Pakistan is washed out due to rain on Sunday.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 20:39 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India’s match vs New Zealand on Thursday was washed out due to rain in Nottingham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRain threat looms large over India vs Pakistan in Manchester on SundayGavaskar questioned why the ECB hadn’t covered the entire ground on the eve of the matchGavaskar wants ICC to hold back the guaranteed $750,000 to ECB if IND vs PAK is washed outFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar questioned the apparent lack of rain preparedness of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after rain interruption in quite a few matches.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India from Old Trafford in Manchester, said the inability of the ECB to have cricket grounds fully covered is “totally unacceptable”. It was pouring down in Manchester even as Gavaskar was expressing his frustration at the puddles that were being formed on the uncovered areas of the outfield.India take on Pakistan in what is arguably the biggest match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday in Manchester. However, rain threat looms large over the big-ticket encounter. With the Old Trafford ground taking a lot of water due to the rain in the lead up to Sunday, the wet patches are going to be a cause for concern if the wet weather persists.Notably, India’s World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand on Thursday was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Nottingham. There was constant drizzle throughout the duration of the match and on-field umpires had echoed their concerns over the wet patches at Trent Bridge which wasn’t covered entirely as well.”I am kind of hoping this rain goes away and the sun shines bright because the whole world is waiting for this match [India vs Pakistan],” Gavaskar told India Today on Saturday.Gavaskar added: “Terrible (Ground not covered on Saturday). Unacceptable. This is a big tournament. You know the conditions in England and not to have that (extra covers) is absolutely unacceptable in my view. In a country like the West Indies, or in some parts of India where it hardly rains, you can understand grounds not being fully covered. However, Kolkata has got it done. Sri Lanka has it, has covers all over the ground.advertisement”Why can’t England? England often tells other countries what they should be doing in cricket. England should be the one that should have it because it rains and rains regularly. You can’t have a situation where thousands of people come from different parts of the world and sit here and the game does not start.”Harbhajan Singh, who joined Sunil Gavaskar on the show, said he wasn’t fully satisfied with the Old Trafford’s drainage and the mud-based outfield at the iconic venue.”There should be a game, provided how long this rain will last. If it continues to be like this, the drainage system in this ground is not that great. I was on the ground and the outfield is quite wet. A few patches are really, really bad. I hope this stops at some point today so that we can get a match tomorrow,” Harbhajan Singh said.”This is not a sand-based ground, this is proper mud-based soil (in Manchester). Once it gets wet, it will stay wet until the sun comes out. As Sunny Bhai said, they should have covered the whole ground. It happened the other day in Nottingham and in a few other matches as well.”Gavaskar wants ICC to punish ECB if India-Pakistan is washed outStressing that the International Cricket Council should withhold the money that ECB gets from hosting the India-Pakistan match if it gets washed out, Gavaskar said ICC should take punitive action against the host board.Thousands of fans have reportedly travelled to Manchester from across the globe for the India-Pakistan match. Tickets for the match was sold out within minutes of ticket window opening and fans are even reportedly willing to resell their tickets.”Well, ECB (is responsible). ECB is the one that runs the game here. The Lancashire county cricket club comes under its jurisdiction. So it’s the ECB’s responsibility,” Gavaskar added.”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 $750,000. ECB gets $750,000 irrespective of whether a ball is bowled or not. 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 ECB money.”I hope people who have been trying to talk things about India and not giving India their share of the money, now look at this and put their foot down and show by example that what is good for one, should be good for everybody.”Also Read | Anil Kumble, Brian Lara question rain preparedness for World Cup 2019Also Read | We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day in World Cup: Bangladesh coachAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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BBC to use controversial TV licensing collection firm as outreach officers

He wrote at the time: “The BBC takes very seriously how licence fee collection is managed. We should do everything we can to minimise evasion, but must always ensure that how this is done is fair and proportionate.”Details of the licence fee “outreach team” for over-75s were provided yesterday by Clare Sumner, the BBC’s director of policy, in an appearance before MPs. She did not mention that the job would be outsourced to Capita.Ms Sumner said the people recruited would be “a different cohort to people who enforce the licence fee” and the visits would be carried out “as sympathetically as possible”.But MPs said the doorstep visits could be “traumatic” for elderly people, while Age UK said the plans would be “chaos at best and deeply upsetting for some of our oldest people at worst”.Up to 3.7 million older people who currently receive a free licence will have to pay the £154.50 cost from next June, after the BBC scrapped the universal concession.Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Tory MP, led condemnation of the BBC’s plan yesterday. “The BBC will send bailiffs round to octogenarians and calls them an ‘outreach team’, Humpty Dumpty would be impressed by such linguistic gymnastics,” he said. The BBC has come under fire over licence fee plans Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The corporation is urging people who are currently eligible for pension credit but do not claim it to sign up for the benefit.The Office for Budgetary Responsibility said this could cause an extra 250,000 claimants to register, at a cost to the Department of Work and Pensioners of £850 million.That significantly outweighs any savings the BBC will make by scrapping the universal concession. “The net effect on the public finances would be to push the budget deficit up not down,” the OBR said. Helen Skelton became the latest BBC presenter to criticise the corporation’s plans for the over-75s. “I say this reluctantly because cut me in the middle and it says ‘BBC’, I think it’s a fantastic organisation that has a deserved and fabulous reputation worldwide, I started at the BBC and I hope to finish at the BBC… but is it time to end the licence fee and do something different?” she said.“Older people are the most loyal people to the BBC. They need to reinstate those free licences otherwise there’s going to be a massive public outcry.”A BBC spokesman said: “As outlined, we are recruiting a specific group of staff as customer support workers to over 75s. Their sole purpose is to help people apply for their licence – including a free licence – and raise awareness of Pension Credit as we recognise that this group may welcome more personal support either through TV Licensing hotline or by a visit.“They will not arrive unannounced – we will always contact people several times by letter first. And they will not be involved in enforcement action.”It emerged yesterday that the BBC’s decision to means-test the licence fee could cost the public purse more than it saves. The BBC said the team will not include bailiffs. Capita suspended two members of staff and conducted an internal review, which led Lord Hall to say he was satisfied that the behaviour was “neither systemic nor representative” of the firm’s field operations. The BBC is to use Capita, the controversial TV Licensing collection firm, to provide the “outreach” officers who will visit the homes of over-75s in pursuit of licence fee payments.Two years ago, the corporation ordered an investigation into reports that Capita employees were using aggressive tactics to target vulnerable people.An area manager for the firm was recorded by an undercover reporter explaining the company’s methods of collection, which included taking payments on the spot with handheld card machines.“Cash, debit, credit card – we’ll take anything. I tell people I’ll take shirt buttons,” the manager said. The company had an incentive scheme in which enforcement officials earned bonuses based on how many licence fees they sold on the doorstep.A former RAF officer suffering from a brain tumour and early onset dementia was taken to court for non-payment after he forgot to renew his licence.It was claimed that a Capita worker, told of the man’s condition, replied that he did not have time to “listen to excuses”. The case was only dropped when his doctor provided written evidence of his condition to magistrates.At the time, the BBC’s director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, expressed “serious concern” about the allegations. Free licences for the over 75s are being scrapped Free licences for the over 75s are being scrapped The BBC has come under fire over licence fee plans read more