CWC 2019: Steve Rhodes wants reserve day for group stage fixtures

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes is not happy with ICC’s reserve day policy in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as he wants reserve day for the group stage fixtures.

Steve Rhodes

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.

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This has raised many issues and debates among the cricket fans as well as the experts. Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes is also not happy with what’s happening now and he wants reserve day system for the group stage fixtures too.

“We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament,” Steve Rhodes asked after Bangladesh were forced to split points after a washout against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday.

“I know logistically it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers,” Rhodes began at the post-match press conference. “I know that it would have been difficult, 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.

“The games are spread out. I would say that it’s disappointing for the crowd, as well. They have got tickets to see a game of cricket, and you know it would be up to them if they can get there the day after.”

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne also went with the same idea in the post-match conference.

“If they could put a reserve day it would have been fine. But it’s a major tournament and we’re all playing nine games. I don’t know if they can keep a reserve day for us,” he said.

“The next day you have to travel to a different venue, so it’s not easy. If they can put a reserve day, though, it’s going to be good for the all the spectators and everyone.”

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