CWC 2019: Early reserve days extremely complex to deliver, says ICC

ICC chief executive David Richardson said that the reserve day system in early stages of the World Cup is too complex to deal with, after the washout between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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The biggest cricket festival, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is going steadily into its’ mid stages. But the whole tournament is under the big threat of rain as three games washed out so far within two weeks of time. And the most recent washed out game was between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Tuesday, June 11 in Bristol.

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Following three washouts, there are some questions being raised on the reserve day system for the group stage matches in the tournament. At the end of the washout between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes too put an argument on this.

But ICC chief executive David Richardson said that reserve day system for the group stage is too complex to handle.

“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 in a statement.

“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.”

“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,” he added.

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