Cricket

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes fumes at reserve day policy after rain washes out Sri Lanka clash

  • Agence France-Presse
  • June 11th, 2019
  • 22:03:05 IST

Bristol: Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said that if men could land on the moon, the World Cup could include reserve days for group matches after the Tigers' fixture against Sri Lanka in Bristol was washed out completely on Tuesday.

The umpires' decision left tournament chiefs with the unwanted record for the most number of abandoned games at a World Cup, surpassing the two each at the 1992 and 2003 editions.

File image of Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes. Reuters

File image of Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes. Reuters

It was also the second successive World Cup match at Bristol abandoned without a ball bowled after Sri Lanka's game against Pakistan at southwest county Gloucestershire's headquarters on Friday went the same way.

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka took a point each a day after rain saw only 7.3 overs play in the match between South Africa and the West Indies in Southampton on Monday.

Although the International Cricket Council have scheduled reserve days for both semi-finals and the 14 July final at Lord's, there are now concerns rain could have a major bearing on which sides qualify for the last four.

'Headache'

Former England wicket-keeper Rhodes, asked if he would have included reserve days in the 10-team round-robin phase, replied: "Yeah, I would.

"If you know the English weather, sadly, we're going to get a lot of rain.

"I know logistically, it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers, and I know it would have been difficult," he added of a World Cup that features 48 matches in 46 days.

"But we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it," said Rhodes, whose Bangladesh team next play the West Indies in Taunton on 17 June.

"We put men on the moon, so why can't we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament?

"It's disappointing for the crowd, as well. They have got tickets to see a game of cricket and it would be up to them if they can get there the day after."

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne endorsed Rhodes's comments by saying: "It is not easy, but I feel if they can have a reserve day, it will be good for everyone."

Heavy overnight and early morning rain delayed Tuesday's scheduled 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT) start, with further rain seeing the game eventually called off at 1:57 pm (1257 GMT).

Rain has also been forecast for Wednesday's match between Australia and Pakistan in Taunton.

Australia failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy in England following their rained-off matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh, before they lost to England on the Duckworth/Lewis method for weather-interrupted fixtures.

"I think it (the weather) might play a huge part in the next few days," Australia captain Aaron Finch said at Taunton on Tuesday.

"So it's important that you get early wins on the board because you don't want to be on the wrong end of a couple of washouts that might leave you just outside that top four."

'Massively sad'

Only one of three World Cup matches scheduled to take place in Bristol produced any play, champions Australia launching their title defence with a seven-wicket victory over outsiders Afghanistan.

"It's massively gutting. These are things that are four-and-a-half years in the making,"  Gloucestershire chief executive Will Brown told AFP.

"It's massively sad for the fans."

Brown, asked how much the two abandonments would cost Gloucestershire financially, added: "Our catering around the ground will definitely have taken a hit.

"Do I think it's £50,000 ($63,588, 56,000 euros)?

"No. Do I think it's £10,000-£20,000? Quite possibly, yes.

"It's enough for a club like us to make a significant difference," added Brown, who said all three World Cup matches in Bristol had been 11,500 sell-outs.

For all the latest news, opinions and analysis from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, click here

Updated Date: June 11, 2019 22:03:05 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Pakistan Cricket Board announces stringent COVID-19 protocols ahead of 2020-21 domestic season
First Cricket News

Pakistan Cricket Board announces stringent COVID-19 protocols ahead of 2020-21 domestic season

The PCB said squad members, match officials, duty doctors and security managers will be placed in bio-secure zones from the beginning of the season to ensure health and safety of players, officials and all other stakeholders.

New Zealand approve Pakistan, West Indies cricket tours, calls them 'financial lifelines'
First Cricket News

New Zealand approve Pakistan, West Indies cricket tours, calls them 'financial lifelines'

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the tours would help the sport through the coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistan Cricket Board seeks assistance from ECB for creating bio-secure environment ahead of Zimbabwe series
First Cricket News

Pakistan Cricket Board seeks assistance from ECB for creating bio-secure environment ahead of Zimbabwe series

Zimbabwe are scheduled to reach Pakistan on 20 October after which the Board is expected to schedule their T20 and ODI matches in Multan and Rawalpindi.