Dave Richardson, the ICC CEO Defends the Scheduling of 2019 World Cup
After two consecutive matches being abandoned due to rain, there is a hush in the cricket world regarding the reserve days. The Cricket World Cup (CWC) washouts have raised questions over the tournament schedule. On Tuesday, the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka clash was the third match to be abandoned. After the third being called-off, frustrated Bangladesh coach called for reserve days. However, Dave Richardson, the CEO of ICC, reverted while defending the scheduling of ICC World Cup 2019.
Richarson said that having reserve days for every match will make it even more complicated.
Before the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka clash, South Africa was to take on the Windies. But they were unfortunate with playing just 7.3 overs before rain splash called off the match.
Meanwhile, it was Sri Lanka has faced their second match interrupted due to rain. After the game was called off, Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes questioned the lack of reserve days in the tournament.
The CEO of Cricket World Cup defends the scheduling of World Cup tournament:
In the wake of comments by Rhodes in the post-match conference, Richardson defended the schedule of World Cup. He reverted saying having reserved days for every match will only complex the tournament to deliver. Well, the reserve days are for the knockout fixtures.
Meanwhile, having reserved days for the league stage will only increase the length of the already lengthy event.
“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,” said Dave Richardson in a statement released by ICC on Tuesday.
“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 reasoned.
Richardson reasoned English weather to be unpredictable. He said that last year in June there was a rain of about 2mm. He reflected that there has been “more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June”. A month which generally happens to be “the third driest month in the UK”.
“This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days, we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June, which is usually the third driest month in the UK. In 2018 there was just 2mm of rain in June. But the last 24 hours alone has seen around 100mm fall in the south-east of England,” said Richardson.
Teams work closely to keep the fans updated, reasoned Richardson:
Richardson further explained that the team work closely with each other and match officials to ensure a smooth game. They work together to keep the fans updated about any information related.
“When a match is affected by weather conditions, the venue team work closely with Match Officials and Ground Staff to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to play cricket. Even if it is a reduced overs game. We also work to keep fans in the stadium, or those travelling to the game, as up-to-date as possible with any information we have, either through public announcements or on our social media channels,” he concluded.
The weather for some of the upcoming matches – Australia vs Pakistan (on Wednesday), India vs New Zealand (on Thursday) and India vs Pakistan (on Sunday) – also indicated the possibility of rain.
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