Bangladesh lament lack of re­serve days

Coach Steve Rhodes ar­gues that pro­vi­sion could have been made to fit in ex­tra day; SL cap­tain Karunaratn­e feels it’s not easy

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Jamie Al­ter [email protected]­ Zee Me­dia News­room

Bris­tol: The topic of rain ru­in­ing cricket matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 threat­ens to be­come the over­ar­ch­ing theme of the tour­na­ment, after a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive match at Bris­tol’s County Ground was called off with­out a ball bowled.

After Sri Lanka vs Pak­istan was aban­doned here last week, the match be­tween Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was called off as rain had the fi­nal say on Tues­day. The chances of a full game were slim a day be­fore, and come Tues­day the steady driz­zle forced the match of­fi­cials to call it off at 6.27pm (IST).

This means that Sri Lanka have had two washouts in a row. This is Bangladesh’s first aban­doned match.

While Sri Lanka cap­tain Dimuth Karunaratn­e felt that the ICC could pos­si­bly have in­cluded re­serve days for the league stage of the World Cup, de­spite the lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges, Bangladesh’s coach Steve Rhodes had no doubt that the pro­vi­sion could have been fit in.

“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,” Rhodes said after the washout.

“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.”

Rhodes, an English­man, un­der­stands the cli­mate and the frus­tra­tions that come with such wet days. “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,” he 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.”

Karunaratn­e said: “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 if they can put a re­sult, it’s go­ing to be good good for ev­ery­one.”

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