Michael Vaughan was left frustrated with cricket after the Melbourne Renegades’ clash with the Perth Scorchers was abandoned after 6.5 overs due to an unsafe wet pitch.
A lot of rain fell in Geelong in the lead-upto the match and water leaked through the covers onto the pitch causing uneven bounce and dangerous conditions for batsmen.
Adam Gilchrist revealed the thoughts of the Fox Cricket broadcast team in the lead-up to the game, which saw the two sides take home one point each, but the fans left disappointed.
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“The moment we got to the ground we were all a bit suspicious,” Gilchrist said.
“There is talk how much do you talk about and do you try ignore it and let the show carry on because of all the contributing factors, the fans, the kids who are here, us as broadcasters and the players.
“But it was very, very obvious and then Nic Maddinson said it at the toss. We heard him say, “the wicket is drenched and that’s why I am going to bowl. I want to know what this is going to do to have any idea how to plan and play this game”.
“So the suspicions with the smoke and fire. There was plenty of smoke and the fire turned up.”
However, Vaughan believes cricket needs to do more to protect the game from such instances and heed the warnings of wet weather forecasts to get systems in place to ensure games can go ahead.
“I just get frustrated with cricket. Cricket has a habit of these scenarios,” Vaughan said on Fox Cricket.
“I’m pretty sure they knew it was going to rain all day yesterday, can’t you get extra covers in?
“I saw it in a Test match in the UK at Old Trafford, I saw it last year at the SCG when their wasn’t enough covering … too much time taken out of the game.
“We always just think ‘oh it’s unfortunate’, but seriously you can’t get enough covers to cover an area of turf and get more covers in to make sure today’s game goes ahead.
“I just find sometimes in cricket we make too many excuses for things that should not happen.
“That shouldn’t be the case that a game gets abandoned because water got on the pitch.”
Vaughan was pressed on if more should have been done.
“Absolutely,” Vaughan said.
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“If you get rain that is unexpected I completely understand that. But I’m pretty sure yesterday it was always going to rain all day.
“So why not get more covers in to make sure what happens tonight doesn’t happen.”
It is worth noting the groundsmen did everything in their power to dry the pitch and the onus is on GMHBA Stadium to have better standard covers.
Mark Howard said earlier in the match: “It rained non-stop in Geelong yesterday… They had the heat lamps out, they had the blowers out, they had the roller out. They’ve done everything they can to try and remedy the situation.”
Cricket Australia released a statement on the abandoned game.
“The pitch at GMHBA Stadium was rain-affected in the days prior to the game,” the statement read.
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“Ground staff worked throughout the day to rectify the situation and umpires considered the pitch safe for play to start.
“However in the seventh over umpires abandoned the game, deeming there was foreseeable risk to the safety of the players.
“Each team will receive one point unless the game can be rescheduled.
“Fans will be refunded the cost of their tickets.
“CA will conduct a thorough review into the extremely frustrating circumstances that have resulted in the game being abandoned and a huge disappointment for fans and players.”