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Rhodes: Men on the moon so why not group-stage reserve days?

  • Published at 10:03 pm June 11th, 2019
Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes briefs the media in Bristol Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Bristol

The tournament has started from May 30 and in less than two weeks already as many as three games have been washed out so far

Bangladesh’s World Cup match against Sri Lanka has been called off and as both teams had to share the spoils on Tuesday, Tigers’ coach Steve Rhodes was upset as there is no reserve day saying that if men could land on the moon, the World Cup could include reserve days for group matches.

Bangladesh lost two matches in their first three and the Sri Lanka game was crucial for the Tigers to get back to winning ways. The Tigers, who are aspiring for a semifinal spot, were desperate to pick up two points in order to keep their endeavor alive.  

For the Sri Lanka side, this is the second consecutive match that has been washed out as their previous game against Pakistan was also called off due to rain.

The tournament has started from May 30 and in less than two weeks already as many as three games have been washed out so far. Cricket fans around the world are raising their eyebrows with a question- In a major tournament like the World Cup, why is there no reserve day scheduled in the group stage?

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes also believes there should be a reserve day in every group stage match and expressed his frustration after the match was called off. 

“I would like to see reserve days built into the schedule. If you know the English weather, sadly, we're going to get a lot of rain. We never know when the rain's going to come. People from all over the world keep asking me whether it's going to rain; actually I don't know (smile). But at the moment, we're seeing some problems,” said Rhodes during the post match press conference. 

“And I know logistically, it would have been a big headache for the tournament organizers, and I know that it would have been difficult, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have to travel a day later, then so be it. We put men on the moon (laughing) so why can't we have a reserve day?” he added. 

“Actually this tournament is a long tournament. They are spread out, the games. I would say that it's disappointing for the crowd, as well. They have got tickets to see a game of cricket, and you know, it would be up to them if they can get there the day after,” said the disappointed British.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said it would be great to have a reserve day but also admitted that it would have been difficult since the tournament is a long one.

“If they can put a reserve day, it's fine, but I don't think that’s easy. It's a big tournament and we are playing nine games (each). I don't think they can keep a reserve day for us, because after the next day of match, you have to travel to a different venue, so it's not easy,” said the Sri Lankan captain.

Tigers will travel to Taunton on Wednesday ahead of their next match against West Indies which is supposed to take place on next Monday.