No extra day if rain affects T20

An extra day has not been set aside in the event the semi-finals or the final of the World Twenty 20 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka is affected by rain, an official told Xinhua.

Some of the last group stage matches of the tournament had been affected by rain including the last match between the West Indies and Ireland on Monday night which had to be abandoned.

Disappointed cricket fans who have been flooding the venues for the tournament have now criticized the organizers through the local media for failing to schedule the tournament based on the current weather.

The Secretary of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board Nishantha Ranathunga told Xinhua that the dates for the tournament were scheduled by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of world cricket and not the local cricket board.

When contacted by Xinhua, an ICC Media official meanwhile said that extra days have not been scheduled for the semi-finals or the final in the event the games are washed out.

However, he expressed confidence that the latter stages of the tournament will not be severely hampered by rain and that the final will also be held as scheduled.

The Twenty 20 world cup, which began on September 18, will end with the final on October 7 in Colombo.

The last of the group matches will be played on Tuesday between Pakistan and Bangladesh and the ‘super eight’ round of the tournament begins on Thursday where the top eight teams from the group matches will fight for a place in the semi-finals.

The local meteorology department has predicted rain in parts of the areas where the matches for the ongoing world cup are taking place including the capital Colombo and in Hambantota in the south.  (Xinhua)