ICC World Cup 2019: Another Match Washed Down, Fans Disappointed
When England and Wales prepared for hosting the ICC World Cup 2019, no one would have thought that weather would be a spoilsport. The 12th edition of the Men’s Cricket World Cup had every fan on the edge, filled with excitement and support for their favorite team as the tournament commenced, but the weather has become a prime factor behind the disappointment of millions of people.
The only difference between the previous and the current World Cup is that the last tournament had 14 teams divided into two groups, while only 10 teams are participating this year. This means that 45 matches will be played in this tournament and top four teams will progress to the knockout round.
Seeing the “extremely unseasonable weather” conditions during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, fans might not get the chance to enjoy every match.
Even though the tournament, which started just two weeks ago, saw only three games being affected due to rains, it was the second time that Sri Lanka’s game was disrupted. The match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was completely washed down and not a single ball could be bowled.
The match between Australia and Pakistan today and the match between New Zealand and India on Thursday might also be affected due to the unfavourable weather.
This has sparked anger amongst fans as with every point share, chances to gain maximum points for the game and qualify for knockout stage in the ICC World Cup 2019 tournament lessens. Bangladeshi coach Steve Rhodes and Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne have also lamented over a point lost and the lack of reserve days.
ICC chief executive David Richardson also came forward with an explanation of why including reserve days was not feasible.
“Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” Richardson said.
As the teams are unwillingly settling upon equal points due to incessant rains and fans are angry about the schedule of the ICC World Cup 2019 tournament, unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to avoid the unforeseeable weather conditions. However, a sit-in of the governing bodies might help to come up with ways to avoid issues due to heavy and unexpected rainfall, every now and then.
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