ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Governing body defends schedule, says reserve days for every match will prolong event

ICC's Dave Richardson said that factoring in reserve days would mean uplifting the the number of staff, which is already a staggering 1200.

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 11, 2019 23:42:52 IST

After the Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka encounter in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was washed out, becoming the third match so far to have been abandoned due to rain, fans and experts began to criticise the scheduling of the tournament where no reserve days have been assigned for the matches.

Late on Tuesday, ICC CEO David Richardson, who will step down from the post following the World Cup, released a press statement, justifying the move.

File image of the Cricket World Cup trophy. Reuters

File image of the Cricket World Cup trophy. Reuters

In the release, he stressed on complexity of organising such a lengthy tournament. The statement read, "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.

"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."

Richardson said that factoring in reserve days would mean uplifting the the number of staff, which is already a staggering 1200.

The statement further read, "Up to 1200 people are on site to deliver a match and everything associated with it including getting it broadcast and a proportion of them are moving around the country so reserve days in the group stage would require a significant uplift in the number of staff. 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."

Not to forget, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka washout set a tournament record for most number of abandoned games.

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Updated Date: Jun 11, 2019 23:48:50 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254