The International Cricket Council (ICC) in consultation with Cricket Australia (CA) will discuss the prospect of introducing reserve days for the semifinals of the Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that will be played in October.
ICC drew a lot of flak earlier this month, for not allowing a reserve day for the semifinal of Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. The England Women’s cricket team were knocked out without even playing in their semifinal against India earlier in March because the semifinal between the two sides was washed out.
As per the organisation’s rules, the team with better points tally in the group stage, in this case, India, progressed to the final.
As per the current ICC rules, there are no reserve days for the Men’s T20 World Cup, that will be played Australia from October.
ICC will ponder introducing reserve day for the semifinal of Men’s T20 World Cup 2020:
To avoid the repetition of mistakes from the Women’s World Cup, the governing body of cricket will discuss introducing the concept of reserve day for the Men’s edition of the global spectacle.
As per a report in cricket.au.com, ICC will hold a Cricket Committee meeting later this year and will look into the playing conditions of the Men’s World Cup, in consultation with CA.
CA’s Chief Executive Kevin Roberts confirmed the same in his statement.
“There’s always cause for reflection at the end of any tournament or any season, in terms of how you approach future tournaments,” Roberts said.
He continued, “In saying that, there will be people who suggest there should be semi-final reserve days for the men’s. But I’m not sure how the English women’s team would feel about that, not having had a reserve day in their leg of the tournament.”
If the reports are indeed true, the reserve day would be a welcomed addition in the semis, as it would ensure that both teams have a fair chance of playing in final.