The head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team, Steve Rhodes, has felt hugely disappointed for no availability of the reserve-day in the entire Group Stages of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.
At present, England and Wales are hosting the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup where a total of ten teams are participating. A total of 48 matches have to be played in this tournament – 45 matches in the Group Stages and three matches in the knockout stages (two semi-finals and one final).
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has only allowed the one reserve-day each in the three matches of the Knock-Out Stages in this Cricket World Cup. There is no reserve-day available in the Group Stages.
Out of the first 16 matches of the ongoing Cricket World Cup, three matches have failed to produce a result due to the rain washout. Out of those three rain washout games, two matches were abandoned without a toss.
On Tuesday (11th June), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had to face each other in the Group Stages, but that match was failed to begin due to the rain washout. As a result, both teams have earned one point from this abandoned game.
We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day – Steve Rhodes
Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes has questioned about the unavailability of the reserve-days in the Group Stages of the Cricket World Cup. He feels that the reserve-days will not affect their game in this kind of big tournament.
Rhodes said after that abandoned match, “I know logistically, it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers, and 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.
“We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament. They are spread out, the games. 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.”
The former England cricketer Steve Rhodes feels that the uncertainty of England’s weather will continue to raise this kind of big issue.
He added, “I think when you look, if you know the English weather, sadly, we’re going to get a lot of rain. We never know when the rain’s going to come. People from all over the world keep asking me whether it’s going to rain; I don’t know. But at the moment, we’re seeing some problems.”
It’s out of our control, the way the weather is – Steve Rhodes
Bangladesh has never won against Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup history. Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in all their previous three meetings in the CWC history. However, in recent times, Bangladesh has achieved some tremendous limited-overs successes against Sri Lanka.
After losing one point against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh coach is now looking forward to their next matches.
Rhodes said, “Very frustrating. We really targeted this sort of game is two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and no pushovers at all. But we do see it as one point lost, and that’s disappointing, but realistically, what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing. And now all we can do is win our games coming up, one at a time and just think of that, which is the next game West Indies and try and win that, and then win the next one after that. That’s all we can do. It’s out of our control, the way the weather is.”
Bangladesh will play their next match of this tournament against Windies on 17th June at Taunton.
After playing four matches of the ongoing Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh has earned three points. Bangladesh started this CWC campaign with a victory against South Africa. Later they suffered a very close defeat against New Zealand and a 106-run defeat against the host side England.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne is also not happy
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne is also unhappy with these abandoned matches in the crucial moment of the CWC. Sri Lanka has also played four matches in this tournament. After suffering a one-sided defeat against New Zealand, Sri Lanka claimed a close victory in the rain-interrupted match against Afghanistan. Later, their next two matches of this tournament, against Pakistan and Bangladesh, were totally abandoned due to the rain washout.
Karunaratne told, “If they can put a reserve day, it’s fine, but I don’t think – you know, it’s a major tournament, we are playing nine games. I don’t think they can keep a reserve day for us, because after the next day, you have to travel the different venue, so it’s not easy. But I feel if they can put a result, it’s going to be a good final, good for all the spectators and everyone.
“As a team, we came here for play. I think sometimes you might think if you share the points, it’s fine. But I think we don’t want to win our points freely. We want to play cricket and win games and gain the points. That’s what I think. I think, unfortunately, rain has – you know, raining all of the places. But well, we’re happy with the points and we are going for the next match.”
Sri Lanka will play their next match of this tournament on 15th June when they will meet Australia at The Oval (London).