We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day in World Cup: Bangladesh coach

first_img Press Trust of India BristolJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 00:05 IST Rhodes has questioned the reasoning behind not having reserve days for all World Cup 2019 matches (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh vs Sri Lanka game on Tuesday was abandoned without a ball being bowledTill date, 3 World Cup 2019 matches have been washed out due to rainBangladeh coach Steve Rhodes is miffed at losing out on a chance to gather 2 full points due to the washoutBangladesh coach Steve Rhodes Tuesday called for the inclusion of reserve days in the World Cup schedule after Bangladesh were forced to split points with Sri Lanka following the abandonment of their match due to persistent rain here.”We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament,” Rhodes said at the press conference.This was the third match to be washed out in the last five days, the most in the history of World Cup, exceeding the two games at the 1992 edition in Australia and New Zealand, and the 2003 event which was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.Rhodes said there is enough gap to fit in reserve days as most teams at least have “two to three days” between matches.”I know logistically it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers. I know that it would have been difficult, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it,” he said.Bangladesh will next play West Indies in Taunton after a five-day gap.”The games are spread out. 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,” Rhodes said.After two defeats, Bangladesh were looking for resurgence against Sri Lanka and now they will be wary of their semifinal chances.advertisement”We really felt we targeted that sort of game as two points. I know Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and they are no pushovers at all,” Rhodes said.”But realistically what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing. And now all we can do is win our games coming up one at a time and just think of that.”For Sri Lanka, it was the second successive time that they were forced to share points. The Island nation’s last game against Pakistan was also a washed out.Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said putting a reserve day in the schedule will be very difficult.”If they could put a reserve day it would have been fine. But it’s a major tournament and we’re all playing nine games. I don’t know if they can keep a reserve day for us,” he said.”The next day you have to travel to a different venue, so it’s not easy. If they can put a reserve day, though, it’s going to be good for the all the spectators and everyone.”Rhodes, meanwhile, exuded confidence that star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan would regain his fitness and play against West Indies in their next World Cup match at Taunton on Monday.Shakib, who scored two fifties and a hundred to be the tournament’s leading run scorer, sustained a thigh strain during the England game last Friday.”He picked up a little injury as you all know in that game against England and he fought on and battled on and played extremely well with an injury,” he said.”We’re very, very optimistic that the treatment he will get this week and the way he can recover well that he can play in that next game against the West Indies..Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rain washes out Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka match in BristolAlso Read | Taking wickets upfront: NZ pacer Lockie Ferguson reveals key to beat IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Steve RhodesFollow Bangladesh Cricet BoardFollow World Cup 2019 Next We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day in World Cup: Bangladesh coachAfter Bangladesh’s match against Sri Lanka in Bristol was washed out without a ball being bowled, head coach Steve Rhodes wondered why a long tournament like the World Cup 2019 doesn’t have the provision of reserve daysadvertisementlast_img

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