Sourav Ganguly defends the drainage system of Eden Gardens
Recently, the abandoned T20I between India and South Africa led to a lot of unwanted controversies. Despite not raining for close to five hours to the scheduled start of play, the ground could not be made ready for the start. It was widely believed that the drainage system of the iconic Eden Gardens was not up to the mark and this caused the unnecessary delay.
Former India opener and the current President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) however, defended the functioning of the Eden Gardens and said that the drainage system of the ground was absolutely perfect.
“There is no issue at all,” Ganguly said to ESPNcricinfo. “We should have done a better job yesterday in terms of the covering the outfield, which we’ll take care of. But in terms of the drainage and as far as the ground facilities are concerned, there is no problem at all,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly also went on to add that the Eden Gardens was an iconic venue and has previously hosted some high-intensity games without any issues. Ganguly gave the instance of the 2015 IPL final that was hosted by the iconic venue. “We hosted the IPL final also this season with a 70,000 capacity which was as big as any. When you have cricket matches over 25 years there would be one or two matches that would be washed away especially when monsoon drags along to September and October in Kolkata,” said Ganguly.
The Prince of Kolkata also added that even other major grounds such as the MCG and Lord’s went through their issues of delaying the start of the play. “Are there not other venues around the world that have been washed out due to rain? There have been days where games have been washed out at Lord’s also, Melbourne also, Cape Town also.”