Men on the moon so why no group stage re­serve days? - Rhodes

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said that if men could land on the moon, the World Cup could in­clude re­serve days for group matches af­ter the Tigers’ fix­ture against Sri Lanka in Bris­tol was washed out com­pletely on Tues­day.

The um­pires’ de­ci­sion left tour­na­ment chiefs with the un­wanted record for the most num­ber of aban­doned games at a World Cup, sur­pass­ing the two each at the 1992 and 2003 editions.

It was also the sec­ond suc­ces­sive World Cup match at Bris­tol aban­doned with­out a ball bowled af­ter Sri Lanka’s game against Pak­istan at south­west county Glouces­ter­shire’s head­quar­ters on Fri­day went the same way.

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka took a point each a day af­ter rain saw only 7.3 overs play in the match be­tween South Africa and the West Indies in Southamp­ton on Mon­day.

Al­though the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil have sched­uled re­serve days for both semi-fi­nals and the July 14 fi­nal at Lord’s, there are now con­cerns rain could have a ma­jor bear­ing on which sides qual­ify for the last four.

For­mer Eng­land wicket-keeper Rhodes, asked if he would have included re­serve days in the 10-team round-robin phase, replied: “Yeah, I would. If you know the English weather, sadly, we’re go­ing to get a lot of rain.

“I know lo­gis­ti­cally, it would have been a big headache for the tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers, and I know it would have been dif­fi­cult,” he added of a World Cup that fea­tures 48 matches in 46 days.

“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,” said Rhodes, whose Bangladesh team next play the West Indies in Taunton on June 17.

“We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a re­serve day, when ac­tu­ally this tour­na­ment is a long tour­na­ment?” he said. (AFP)

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