Dubai, June 12: The International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson defended ICC's decision of not having reserve days for the league games after the match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was washed out in Bristol on Tuesday.
Richardson on Tuesday issued a clarification on the same and blamed the unseasonably wet British weather for disrupting the schedule.
"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. It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game'', a statement from Richardson read on ICC's official website.
''There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either. This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days, we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK", his statement added.
Earlier, Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes showed his displeasure on the ICC's decision of not having reserve days for the initial World Cup games. "We put men on the moon, so why can't we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament," Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said revealing his frustration.
Three matches, including Tuesday's clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Bristol, have been washed out this World Cup, making it the most in a single WC. More matches are expected to be affected by rain in the upcoming weeks. The ICC have only kept reserve days for the semi-finals and the final. (UNI)