The 2019 World Cup has been hit by intermittent showers during games disrupting the play. Causing great distress to fans flocking to the stadiums to watch their favorite team in action, the tournament has already seen four games being abandoned due to persistent rain, three of them being called off without a ball bowled.
Due to the packed scheduling of the event, no reserve days were planned for the group stage matches as it would have been logistically impossible to do so. In addition to the spectators and viewers being deprived of the opportunity to enjoy the cricket action, it has been revealed that each abandoned match has cost a loss of 1 million pounds to broadcasters.
Moreover, games abandoned without a ball bowled require ticket-sellers to refund the money paid by the spectators, which further takes a hit at the revenue generated by the International Cricket Council (ICC). If rain forces a washout in bigger venues such as Lord’s and Old Trafford, the loss is expected to be higher.