The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales is underway and has already set the record for most number of matches not producing a result due to weather in a single edition.
With all 10 teams at the World Cup part of the round-robin group stage, each team will play a total of nine matches before the knockout stages, starting July 9. The top four teams will qualify for the knockout stages.
Of the first 18 fixtures, four witnessed damp squibs, with three of them abandoned without a ball bowled.
In 1992 (Australia-New Zealand) and 2003 (South Africa-Zimbabwe-Kenya) the World Cup had two matches each which did not produce a result because of rain.
The weather forecast department in England suggested that the running week will experience wet spell all over the country. The only consolation for fans is, they will get a full refund if a match is washed out without a ball bowled.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has these games insured and the insurance company will pay the buyers back in case of washouts. But here’s the catch- even if a single delivery is bowled, there will be no refund because it will count as a match that took place.
This is the fifth World Cup in England. The first one in 1975 was played in the brightest of weather and not a single match was affected by rain. It was the same in 1983, when the number of matches increased from 15 to 27. The 1979 and 1999 editions had one match each which were washed out.
The ICC has also ruled out the calls of having reserve days for all the games. There is a provision of playing on the next day in case a match doesn’t happen, but that is only for the two semifinals and the final.
As per the reports, the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a statement, “Factoring in a reserve day for every match would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver. 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. There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either.”
The 18th match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 was played between India and New Zealand on Thursday at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, which was abandoned without a ball being bowled. And now, the speculations have been made over the highly-anticipated India-Pakistan match which will be held at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday, that the rain will again play a spoilsport in the fixture.