No reserve days for SF, Final despite rain threat!

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Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 13:02 [IST]
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World T20: No reserve days for SF, final

Colombo, Sep 26: Despite rain interrupting and abandoning a few matches in the group stage of World T20, International Cricket Council has not allotted a reserve day for semi-final and final of the mega event.

While the organisers have been condemned for hosting the World Cup during unfavourable weather conditions in the island, as it coincides with the traditional start of the monsoon season.

When asked about it ICC defended its decision, as the official spokesperson said it was the only slot available to conduct the event.

"This was the only period available in the Future Tours Programme this year to conduct the tournament," an ICC spokesman told AFP. "All the teams were aware of it."

While there was no interruptions during the start of the tournament, as the first four days were smooth as the matches were held on time, Saturday's matches were the worst affected.

South Africa and Sri Lanka's marquee clash was reduced to 7 overs a side, since it rained heavily at Hambantota as it delayed the start by 2.5 hours as South Africa thrashed hosts by 32 runs.

While the other match at Colombo also disappointed fans, as it was an interesting encounter between Australia and West Indies.

Windies had posted 191/8 in 20 overs, while Australia were 100/1 in 9.1 overs, as heavy rain forced the match to be called off at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Australia were declared winners by 17 runs according to Duckworth Lewis method.

Windies are the worst struck, as both their league matches against Australia and Ireland were interrupted by rain, as the last group match against Ireland had to be called off.

Despite matches being called off due to rain and the weather forecast for the rest of the tournament beign worse, ICC's decision to not have reserve days for semifinals and final raises a few eye brows.

"There will be showers at times in the western, southern and central provinces," meteorologist Pabodini Karunapala told AFP.

"By the first week of October, we will start getting more rains. In Colombo, we should expect rain at any time, especially heavy rains during the early morning and evening," said the meteorologist.

This being a mega event, hosted by the official cricketing body, it is surprising to not have a reserve day for semi-finals and final.

With the Super Eights starting from Sep 27, semi-finals and final to be held from Oct 4, 5 and Oct 7, rain will sure play a role in the outcome of these matches.

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