Published:  12:34 AM, 13 June 2019

Rhodes slams WC organizers over lack of reserve days

Rhodes slams WC organizers over lack of reserve days Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes speaks during post match conference at County Ground in Bristol on Tuesday. -ICC

With the washout at Bristol against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Bangladesh are facing uphill task to ensure their first ever World Cup semifinal berth. Bangladesh now have just one thing to do-to win their upcoming group-stage matches to keep up their prospect of qualifying for World Cup semi-finals.

It was the second successive World Cup match at Bristol that had fallen victim to bad weather. The umpires' decision on Tuesday left tournament organisers with the unwanted record for the most number of abandoned games at a World Cup, surpassing the two each at the 1992 tournament in Australia and New Zealand and the 2003 edition in southern Africa. Even the forecast is for further washouts this week.

Bangladesh's head Coach Steve Rhodes however criticized the tournament organisers for not allotting reserve days in the group stage. He 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.

"We never know when the rain's going to come. People from all over the world keep asking me whether it's going to rain; I don't know. But at the moment, we're seeing some problems. And 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.

"We put men on the moon (laughing) 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."

He added. 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. "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." Rhodes. "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." He added.

Reserve days are implemented the knock-out stages but ICC chief David Richardson said it would be logistically too difficult to have them during the group matches. "Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver," Richardson said.

"It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game." He added.


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