T20 WC final at risk of being washed out



The much-anticipated final of the ICC T20 World Cup involving Pakistan and the winners of tonight’s India versus England game is likely to be hampered by weather.

According to an advisory by the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology, there are high chances of rain on Sunday.

The advisory for Sunday reads “Partly cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, heavy falls possible in the southeast suburbs. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning west to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day.”

Three T20 World Cup matches at the iconic MCG were abandoned due to weather, while Ireland clinched an unexpected victory over England after rain prematurely ended their Super 12 contest.

Though the playing conditions of the T20 World Cup knock-out matches allow a reserve day, Mon-day’s forecast isn’t different from Sunday’s.

According to ICC playing conditions, every ef-fort will be made to complete the match on the scheduled day.

“Only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on the sched-uled day will the match be completed on the reserve day,” it says. However, unlike round matches, in the finals and semi-finals, a minimum of 10 overs are to be bowled to constitute a complete match. If there is no play possible in the final, both fi-nalists will be declared joint winners.—AFP


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