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

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, U.K 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.

(Agencies)