Three of the last six games in the ongoing ICC World Cup have been washed out by rain, leaving the teams and fans frustrated. And going by the natural conditions, the match scheduled between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge could also be interrupted by rain. The last completed match in the World Cup till Tuesday has been the game between India and Australia at the Oval.
While the match between South Africa and the West Indies in Southampton could not be completed after 7.3 overs, the clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Bristol was abandoned. This World Cup has already made a record with joint most being abandoned (the 1975 and 2015 had one each). Pakistan’s encounter with Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 7 was also abandoned.
None of the World Cup games featuring India and New Zealand has been affected so far even though India had to cancel a training session each ahead of the first match in Southampton on June 5 and London on June 9. There was no rain on the match days however as India went on to beat South Africa by 6 wickets and Australia by 36 runs, respectively.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have beaten Sri Lanka by 10 wickets, Bangladesh by 2 wickets and Afghanistan by 7 wickets so far to have six points and sitting at the top of the points table. But the game between the two only undefeated teams in the fray is also under threat. On Tuesday, India had to cancel their practice because of drizzle and the forecasts for the match day are not hopeful enough.
There is no guarantee that the reserve day will be free from rain
David Richardson, the CEO of the governing body - ICC, said several factors played a key role in the schedule not accommodating reserve days for each clash. "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," he said.
"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,” he added.
Richardson mentioned that there are quite a few things which need to be managed and taken into consideration while scheduling the reserve days. He noted that the knock-out matches have reserve days and reckoned that group-stage games should be played with the large majority.