Reserve day not an option, says ICC as rain wreaks havoc

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12 Jun 2019 | 11:20 AM
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Reserve day not an option, says ICC as rain wreaks havoc

Due to various reasons, a reserve day is "practically impossible"

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The International Cricket Council’s outgoing Chief Executive David Richardson has said that keeping a reserve day for every rain-affected World Cup match is practically impossible considering the length of the tournament. 

Two Sri Lanka games --- against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bristol have been abandoned without a ball being bowled. The other game between South Africa and West Indies in Southampton was called off after 7.3 overs, leading to calls for a reserve day. 

The game between Pakistan and Australia game at Taunton on Wednesday could also be affected by rain and likewise for Thursday’s match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge. The mega event, which began on May 30, concludes on July 14. 

“Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” Richardson said in a statement. 

As per Met department’s report, UK is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June. 

“This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK. In 2018, there was just 2 mm of rain in June but the last 24 hours alone has seen around 100mm fall in the south-east of England,” said the former South Africa wicketkeeper. 

He then went on to explain the impact a reserve day could have on the tournament. 

“It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials’ availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game. 

“There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either,” said Richardson. 

The abandoned matches could impact a team’s position on the points table during the business end of the tournament but having a reserve day for each match will require a significant increase in workforce from the current 1200 that is employed per game. 

“We have reserve days factored in for the knock-out stages, knowing that over the course of 45 group games we should play the large majority. When a match is affected by weather conditions, the venue team works closely with Match Officials and Ground Staff to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to play cricket, even if it is a reduced overs game.” 

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, when asked about rain affected games, said: “We want to play for two points. No player personally wants rained out games.” 

For Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, the match being called off was indeed frustrating as they had real chance of a comprehensive victory over the below-par Lankans. 

“Very frustrating. We really targeted this sort of game as two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and no pushovers at all. But we do see it as one point lost, and that’s disappointing, but realistically, what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing,” Rhodes said. 

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was not complaining after the abandoned match against the West Indies as it helped his side get off the mark on the points table. 

“The horse is out of the shed if that’s the right wording. We wanted to play a full game today. I think it’s pretty obvious that when you play a team like the West Indies you want to play a full 100-over game. Just the make-up of their side. So it’s disappointing the fact we didn’t get a game,” du Plessis said.

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