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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Kumar Sangakkara unhappy with playing conditions in England

Uninterrupted rain is also playing a big spoiler in the matches of the mega event. And in four matches so far, the rain has played an absolute spoilsport as not a single ball could be bowled.

SNS | New Delhi |

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara is not pleased with the variations in wickets at different venues in England, where the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup is underway.

Uninterrupted rain is also playing a big spoiler in the matches of the mega event. And in four matches so far, the rain has played an absolute spoilsport as not a single ball could be bowled.

Expressing his displeasure, Sangakkara wrote in his column for Times of India: “Uniform neutral pitches are a key requirement for a global tournament like this and that has unfortunately not always been the case. Sides have to adjust, but the disgruntled murmurs emanating from some team camps can be understood.”

“It’s a shame that it’s not practical to cover the entire playing area like is the norm in Sri Lanka. That effort requires huge manpower but it has become something of an art form for us and helps protect cricket from some of the monsoonal downpours we have to contend with,” he added.

The 41-year-old also seemed upset with the drainage system and said that it too varied from venue to venue.

“It’s obvious that drainage efficiency in the different venues varies greatly. In Bristol, we saw the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka being called off in sunshine due to wet patches on the outfield while the match between England and West Indies in Southampton was played despite heavy rain throughout the week,” he observed.