Cricket World Cup 2019 semi final and final: How will the winner of the World Cup be decided if the knockout matches are washed out?
The ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has seen rain playing a spoilsport on four occasions till now. Not that the weather in England reduced the number of overs on four occasions, it has ended up in abandoning as many as four matches, the latest one being between India and New Zealand.
With four out of 18 matches not producing a result, fans have started to express their concerns with respect to the prevailing weather in England throughout the tournament. Among the 10 teams playing the World Cup, only hosts England, Australia and Afghanistan have remained unaffected by rain.
What has further become a bone of contention for fans across the globe is the fact that there has been no reserve day scheduled for league matches.
It is worth mentioning that ICC (International Cricket Council) have kept reserve days for the knockout matches – semi finals and final. If the match begins on the scheduled day and then gets interrupted by rain, it will resume and not restart from the same point on the reserve day.
Cricket World Cup 2019 semi final and final
There are also many doubts regarding how the winner will be decided if a knockout match gets washed out even on the reserve day. If any semi final match gets washed out, the team with a better rank in the league stage will qualify for the final match.
Yesterday’s match was won by the reigning champion. Today’s was won by the rain-ing champion ☔️🌧 #CWC19
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) June 13, 2019
In case of the final match getting abandoned (even on the reserve day), both the finalists will share the trophy. If the same happens, it will be the first instance of teams sharing a trophy in a Cricket World Cup.