The women’s Indian Cricket Team reached the finals of ICC Twenty-20 world cup for the first time. But, not even a single ball was bowled and this was because the whole match was rained out. The Indian team led by Harmanpreet Kaur was going up against the England side but the match was called off due to heavy rain and the result was turned in favour of the Indian team as they moved into the finals.
The decision was taken on the basis of points tally of the group stage, where the Indian side had topped their table. This rule was not very welcomed by everyone as it was not fair for the side which had played their way through this point and stands amongst the best in the tournament.
Though the rule book says that each team needs to bat at least 5 overs each in case of a shortened match and to be considered a T20. Whereas the same over limit was revised to 10 overs for each team when playing in an ICC tournament. So, if 10 overs were not to be played, the match was eventually going to be called off. While this rule comes off as a drawback, what is even more surprising is the fact that there was no reserve day for the semi finals match.
Infact, ICC had declined Cricket Australia’s request to keep a reserve day for the semi finals. The request was declined as it was not ‘feasible’ to extend the duration of the ‘short and sharp’ T20 tournament, a spokesperson revealed.
Michael Vaughan, former England Men’s skipper was among the few who found this decision hard to comprehend.
Whereas Mithali Raj India Women’s ODI skipper congratulated her team but said she also felt for the England side.
If the game between Australia and South Africa would have been washed out then South Africa would have advanced to the finals to be played out at the MCG, as they were the ones who topped their points table in their respective group.
In the ICC Men’s ODI world cup last year, rain played a major role throughout the tournament and reserve days were kept for the semifinal matches in case they were disrupted.
The semi final match between India and New Zealand was completed on the reserve day as the game was disrupted by rain on the original day of the match. If the same rules as T20 world cup would have been applied, Virat Kohli led Indian team would have advanced to the finals as they were the ones who were at the top of their group in the round robin stage.
But ICC rules for men and women’s tournament are the same and the 2016 Men’s T20 world cup too, had no reserve days for the semi final matches. But unlike this year’s women’s T20 world cup, the semi finals were being played on different days.
While the final match does have a reserve day in case rain plays the spoilsport again, the question which remains is that why ICC declined the request when the hosts were ready to provide an extra day for the tournament to be played out in a decently fair manner.