ICC World Cup 2019: Scenarios If Semifinal and Finale Get Washed Out in England
In the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, the inclement weather has remained a highlight. Well, in the twelfth edition of the tournament as many as three matches were abandoned due to bad weather in England and Wales. Consequently, it has become a record in the quadrennial event.
Well, back in 1992 and 2003 at least two games each were washed out due to the rain. But, in 2019, things look pretty miserable. So much so, the inclement weather has left players and support staff frustrated following a remarkable start to the 45-odd day tourney on May 30 when England thump South Africa by 104 runs at the Kennington Oval.
With the ICC event losing its sheen, the weather forecast is not equally ideal for a couple of matches. However, most of the games won’t witness any halt due to bad weather.
Well, the quandary for the teams which could be understood with the statement of Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes.
“We put men on the moon so why can’t we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament?” he revealed it to media in England.
So, we are here for the scenarios if the semifinal clash and finale will get washed out in the time to come. Although, there are fewer chances to witness the mega games being marred by bad weather.
While considering the forecast for the upcoming fixtures, it isn’t that good either. Moreover, many believe that they don’t have good vibes for the World Cup.
On the other side, the abandoned games are hurting teams most often, which force them to lose two crucial points in the early stages of the ODI showpiece.
Also, in the recent past rain has spoiled the party of teams before being shown an exit door in the major tourneys.
Let’s have a look at the rules if the rain would mar the important fixtures of the World Cup.
With rain threat looming large in the ongoing tourney, a lot is there to be feared for fans and teams respectively because there’s no policy for reserve days owing to the league stage games.
However, the semifinals and grand-finale could be held on reserve days as well if the scheduled day is marred by inclement weather. Well, which will eventually serve as a sigh of relief for many.
There’s a possibility the teams might end up with same points on the points table following the culmination of league stage fixtures.
However, the winner is expected to be decided based on net run-rate, the number of victories, head-to-head result and ranking ahead of the tourney.
Interestingly, Super Over could also be introduced in the semis and finale if the game ends up in a tie. But a point will be given each to the teams if the same will take place in the league stage encounters.
Well, if the semifinal will be marred due to bad weather, the team which has done exceedingly well and is ranked higher in the league stage will automatically qualify for the finale.
Also, if the rain will disrupt the final even on the reserved day, the finalists will share the coveted World Cup trophy.
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