Women’s World T20: ICC’s no-reserve day policy sends India to finals, but raises questions
Written by Arun Rawal
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Updated: March 5, 2020 3:58:52 pm


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India entered its first-ever Women’s T20 World Cup final with out a ball being bowled within the semi-final, after it was rained out. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led squad certified forward of England as a result of the staff received all its matches within the group stage and completed on high of the respective group.

What does the rulebook say?

As per the rulebook, each the groups want to bat not less than 5 overs every so as to take into account it a T20. However, in ICC tournaments, there’s a slight change within the rule and the minimal over-limit jumps to 10 overs per facet. So if each groups couldn’t play 10 overs every, the match was at all times going to be referred to as off.

Despite the apparent drawbacks of the rule, the ICC had declined Cricket Australia’s request to have a reserve day for the semifinals. Extending the period of “short and sharp” T20 World Cup wasn’t thought of “feasible” by ICC because the spokesperson revealed after declining the request.

Former England males’s skipper Michael Vaughan was amongst those that struggled to comprehend why there was no reserve day:

India ladies’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj congratulated her teammates but additionally stated she felt for the England squad:

Incidentally, if the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia was washed out, then South Africa would have routinely certified for Sunday’s closing on the Melbourne Cricket Ground as they completed on high of their group.

South Africa emerged because the leaders of their respective group after their closing league match towards West Indies was washed out due to rain.

What occurred within the males’s ODI World Cup?

During the Men’s 2019 ODI World Cup final yr in England, the climate performed a serious function all through the event. But not like the Women’s WT20 World Cup, the event had a reserve day for the semi-finals, in case they had been disrupted by rain.

The semi-final between India and New Zealand was accomplished on the reserve day with the Kiwis progressing to the ultimate. Had there been no reserve day, Virat Kohli-led India would have made the finals as they had been on the highest of the factors desk on the round-robin league stage, with seven wins from 9 video games.

However, ICC’s guidelines for the T20 World Cup for each genders have been the identical. The Men’s T20 World Cup 2016 semi-finals didn’t have reserve days both. However, the semi-finals had been on completely different days, not like the continuing event.

What in regards to the finals? 

There is a two-day break earlier than the ultimate on Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The reserve day is obtainable for closing if rain performs spoilsport once more.

But what is going to stay a query is why the ICC didn’t allow a reserve day for the semi-finals given the hosts had been keen to present one.

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