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
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.”