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Steve Rhodes irked by lack of reserve days
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Steve Rhodes irked by lack of reserve days

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes has hit out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its no reserve day policy for group fixtures, after the third washout in the space of just five days.

No play was possible between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday in Bristol leading to both sides sharing a point, casting a negative light on the ICC's arrangements in place.

Rhodes rued the fact his side missed out on a potential win over Sri Lanka, who have not been on top of their game lately, as the Tigers currently linger at the bottom half of the table.

“We really targeted this sort of game to get two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and been 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. It’s out of our control, the way the weather is.

“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. At the moment, we’re seeing some problems," the Englishman added, who took over as Bangladesh coach last year in June.

'Important to have a reserve day when the tournament is so long'

Mashrafe Mortaza's men have begun their tournament campaign impressively, beating South Africa by 21 runs while giving a scare to New Zealand by almost managing to defend the modest target of 245.

An abandoned game at this stage of the World Cup against a weakened Sri Lankan side, however, puts Bangladesh in a precarious spot.

Rhodes, who played most of his County career playing for Yorkshire, also commented on the feasibility of sneaking in a game inside the tight schedule, given their extended break ahead of the next clash against the West Indies on Monday.

“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," he asked rhetorically.