Last Update on: January 17th, 2020 at 12:22 pm
Just around a fortnight ago, the BCCI and their president Sourav Ganguly had faced the flak from the fans after the Guwahati T20I between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to poor arrangement in the ground. While the start of the match was interrupted by rain, the showers did not last long.
The ground staff had also covered the playing area in time. However, when they lifted the covers after the rain stopped, they found out that water had leaked on the pitch. The ground staff came up with several measures including the usage of hair dryers and steam-irons but nothing worked and the match had to be abandoned.
The furious fans as well as some former cricketers had criticised the arrangement at the ground. Well, the BCCI and the BCCI president are facing the heat once again after Cricket Australia, on Thursday, posted a clip on Twitter, showing four elderly women preparing the pitch for the upcoming second ODI between India and Australia. The ladies were seen on their hands and knees vigorously cleaning the pitch with brushes.
Pitch prep in Rajkot!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2020
The Indian fans were not all impressed with what they saw and they did not take long to slam Sourav Ganguly and BCCI for the working condition that is on offer in Rajkot Stadium.
Here are some of the reactions:
Globally India has the 5th largest economy and here we see cheap and poor labor without adequate equipment to do the job. Bow my head in shame 😪
— Satya (@satyadev101) January 17, 2020
@SGanguly99 its a shame that you don't buy equipment to maintain the pitches … yet BCCI is the richest cricketing board
— Anirudh (@staranirudh) January 17, 2020
I can’t believe I’m watching these scenes. When you can pay huge bucks to the players why not pay 1/10th of it to maintain and buy advanced machinery to prepare and guard the pitch. Poor job by the @BCCI.
— Raju (@RajuReliable) January 17, 2020
This can't be good
Absolutely shocking how they are playing with respiratory systems of those ladies
Richest board or the cheapest
— Cricket Aficionado 🇦🇺🌏🌏 (@Tafe25) January 17, 2020
I do hope these workers are being paid well for their efforts. This is a scene we cricket followers around the world would rarely see. I also hope these women get regular employment. So much money is made by the cricket industry in India.
— I C H (@IseeICH) January 17, 2020
The Indian players and @BCCI should know better and have seen what happens in other countries. They should be embarrassed and work for change. Notice that no men do the menial work. A very poor advertisement for all concerned in Indian cricket. #Mansplaining
— Paul McMahon (@dual_coach) January 17, 2020
After hair dryers now v r seeing this.Ladies are cleaning the pitch manually.@BCCI can pay crores to crktrs but can't buy proper equipment.If u still want to employ these workers then let em use those new equipment to so the https://t.co/g7pD3j21su's richest board in tatters
— Khurram Khan (@kaykay_1974) January 17, 2020
BCCI the richest cricket board? Maybe they should stop paying kohli so much.
— Nasim (@Nasimk1999) January 17, 2020
Meanwhile, India will be desperate to win the upcoming game in order to keep the three-match series alive. The Men in Blue are trailing in the series after losing the series-opener by ten wickets. Australia thoroughly outplayed India to register their biggest win over the hosts in India in terms of wickets. Asked to bat first, India were all out for a modest 255. In reply, Australia chased down the total inside 38 overs without losing any wicket thanks to centuries from David Warner and Aaron Finch.