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World Cup 2019 | 'It's Unfortunate': ICC Expresses Its Helplessness As Rain Washes Out The Fourth Match Of The Quadrennial Tournament

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:

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  • ICC expresses its helplessness in Rain playing spoilsport during ICC Cricket World Cup as four of 18 matches abandoned or washed out
  • When a match gets washed out, both teams have no other choice other than sharing one point apiece
  • The reserve days are only for the knockouts i.e. the semifinals and the final

The governing body of World Cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its helplessness in rain playing spoilsport during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as four of the 18 matches got abandoned or washed out & overall six matches (one third) were affected due to rain.

A top ICC official told Republic TV:

"It's unfortunate but what can we do. You cannot blame us for poor planning. Its raining thrice this time in United Kingdom. Logistically, its not possible to keep a reserve day for all matches. It's not always possible to cover the whole ground. We can only cover the squares. We are keeping our fingers crosses but this has been the wettest English summer in years."

The rain is playing a big spoilsport in the ongoing quadrennial event. Already, three games have been washed out completely. Those three washouts happened in the last one week. They include the Pakistan-Sri Lanka clash on June 7, South Africa-West Indies contest on June 10 and yet another Asian rivalry Bangladesh-Sri Lanka on June 11 respectively. In fact, two consecutive washouts happened in this week. Meanwhile, another Asian clash between the 1996 champions Sri Lanka and Afghanistan was a rain-curtailed affair which the Lankans went on to win by 34 runs due to the D/L method.

Now, the showpiece event has witnessed its fourth washout and the third one this week as the India-New Zealand match has been called off due to rain.

Here's the official confirmation from the International Cricket Council.

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When a match gets washed out, both teams have no other choice other than sharing one point apiece. The reserve days are only for the knockouts i.e. the semifinals and the final to be held next month.

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