For quite some time now, ICC’s approach towards addressing inclement weather during showpiece tournaments has been flabbergasting. The ICC CWC in 2019 was a perfect example of the ICC’s shambolic handling of rain truncating encounters at the tournament with the board facing massive backlash for its inexplicable approach towards dealing with the widespread rainfall in England at the time.
What has been even more exasperating is the International Cricket Council’s failure to learn from their mistake come the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. Despite being informed of widespread rainfall in Australia by Cricket Australia prior to the commencement of the competion, the body refused to give approval to reserve days.
England Bear The Brunt Of Inclement Weather
It was a decision which came to the forefront after England were sent packing from the world cup after their semi-final on Saturday was abandoned owing to incessant rainfall. The tie scheduled to be played in Sydney didn’t even see a ball being sent down with rainfall refusing to seize to see India progress into the summit clash courtesy of their higher placing in the group stage encounters.
Stuart Board Left Unimpressed With The ICC
After his country’s shambolic exit, England quick Stuart Broad was quick to express his displeasure with the pacer left perplexed on the ICC’s decision to not allocate reserve days in the eventuality of rain. The bowler took to Instagram to take a jibe at the ICC following the board’s announcement of India making it into the final.
Michael Vaughan Left Fuming At The Events
Broad wasn’t the only English cricketer to be left dejected with the ICC with Michael Vaughan joining in to express his angst at the mishandling.
Taking to Twitter, Vaughan wrote, “No reserve days for World Cup semi-finals….What a shambles…!”
Twitter was quick to remind him though of the fortuitous way his country had lifted the world cup last year when a boundary county had ended up handing them over the trophy over New Zealand after both the final and surer over failed to separate the two sides. England’s captain Heather Knight meanwhile called the events gutting and called for the ICC to imbed in place new rules to assure such a situation was avoided in the future.
“They’re the rules that everyone signed up to. You’d hope now that there has been this situation and the game tonight is potentially going to be rained off as well, so you’d hope now there is going to be a rule change and moving forward, no other team will have to experience going out of a World Cup purely because of rain. Hopefully, it changes.” Knight said after her side were shunted out of the summit clash.