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ICC justifies no reserve days after another washout
ICC Cricket World Cup

ICC justifies no reserve days after another washout

The International Cricket Council (ICC) insists having reserve days for group matches in the 2019 World Cup is "extremely complex to deliver".

Persistent rainfall has seen three matches already being abandoned - a record for the tournament. Sri Lanka's matches against Bangladesh and Pakistan have been badly affected by rain without a ball bowled while only 7.3 overs were possible during the contest between South Africa and the West Indies in Hampshire.

A visibly flustered Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes recently complained about the lack of reserve days for league fixtures, directing his concerns at the ICC.

"We put men on the moon so why can't we have a reserve day?"

"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," he claimed.

In a statement released by the ICC, chief executive of the apex body Dave Richardson outlined several factors which led to the decision to hold no reserve days during the soggy English summer season.

"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," he said.

"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."

The washouts have led to the teams involved receiving a point each, making them lose out of a crucial additional point in case of a potential win which would come in handy when the tournament heads towards the knockout stages.

"Up to 1200 people are on site to deliver a match and everything associated with it including getting it broadcast and a proportion of them are moving around the country so reserve days in the group stage would require a significant uplift in the number of staff. 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," Richardson's statement concluded.