The ICC T20 World Cup, in its 8th edition, has not been devoid of excitement thus far. In the last few weeks, we have witnessed several monumental upsets and some of the best cricket being played among the 16 teams participating in the tournament. Namibia went past the Asian champs Sri Lanka in the opening game of Round 1 of this World Cup, while West Indies lost in a one-sided contest against Scotland.
Finally, Ireland knocked out West Indies to reach the Super 12 stage, and Zimbabwe produced some of the cricketing moments this world cup. The suspense story of the event continued in the Super 12 stages wherein New Zealand bested Australia in Australia for the first time since 2011 in any format, and India won a thriller against their arch-rivals Pakistan in what was one of the best T20I games in history. If that was not enough, Ireland defeated England at SCG, and Zimbabwe emerged victorious in a last-ball thriller at Perth.
Rain playing spoilsport for England
But the one thing that has been a shadow in what is proving to be one hell of a T20 World Cup is the weather. Rain has played spoilsport in this tournament more than once, and there is a fear that many more games will be affected in the forthcoming Super 12 itinerary. South Africa agonisingly got denied their full 2 points despite being ahead of the game against Zimbabwe at Hobart. Rain gods decided to interrupt the match and forced the teams to share points. Rain allowed Ireland to edge past the reigning World cup champions England, after winning the game by 5 runs thanks to the DLS method. On the same at the SCG, New Zealand’s 2nd Super 12 fixture vs Afghanistan was fully abandoned due to persistent rains.
What happens if it rains in the Super 12 league stage and the Semifinal games?
All this happened because there is no reserve day for Super 12 Group games. If any game is affected, it will be either shortened or wholly abandoned, and teams will have to share 1 point each.
The only ones that have a reserve day are the 2 semi-finals and mega final at the MCG on 16th November. Suppose one or both of the SFs gets halted by rain. It gets moved to the reserve days, and if the play is not possible even on a reserve day, the team that has finished first in the points table will move to the final clash of this World Cup.
What happens if it rains on November 13th, the 2022 T20 World Cup final date?
If the final at MCG on 13th November turns out to be rain affected and is washed out, the game will be played on the reserve day on 14th November, i.e., the next month. And once the game is washed out, even after the reserve day, the trophy shall be deemed to be shared by the finalists.
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