India is through to their first-ever women’s t20 World Cup final after the washed-out match against England in Sydney.
This (non)match will be filed directly under the “rain farce” category of Cricket World Cup history. India had never beaten England in T20 World Cups in five different attempts(being knocked out by England for two consecutive years as well).
India will now face the winner of the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia, which will also be played at the SCG on Thursday. If the second match also is abandoned, then India will face South Africa who finished at the top of the group stages.
No one really paid much attention to the tied super overrule in the Men’s cricket world cup 2019 until it happened in reality and the result of the final came out to be controversial. In a similar fashion, no one really cared about the lack of a reserve day for semi-finals of the women’s t20 world cup in Sydney until the chances of washouts came into existence.
In both cases, the boards involved in the tournaments signed up to the playing conditions but Cricket Australia CEO, Kevin Roberts, still asked the ICC if a reserve day could be added to the schedule.
But why did the boards sign up to the playing conditions without having a reserve day to the schedule of the women’s cricket t20 world cup?
“We’ve asked the question and it’s not part of the playing conditions,” Roberts told SEN Radio. “I respect that because we’ve said the same thing in tournaments that we run in Australia. It gives you cause to reflect on how you might improve things in the future absolutely, but going into a tournament with a given set of playing conditions and rules I don’t think it’s time to tinker with that as much as with an Australian hat on I might love that.”
The ICC stated that the men’s and women’s T20 competitions are expected to be short and sharp. And talking about reserve days, they are extremely expensive and practically difficult to pull off. The teams also playing in the final need a travel day or a rest day with no practice.
Is it fair to England, being knocked out without even playing a single ball?
Yes, It is unfair to the players and the team being knocked out without even getting an opportunity to play. England and South Africa won the same number of matches in the group stages and yet South Africa topped their group but England couldn’t courtesy South Africa getting an extra point due to a washout match against West Indies.
But as per the new playing conditions for both men’s and women’s t20 world cups, mandate a minimum of 10 overs per side instead of earlier standard five overs in T20Is. It is difficult to hold a total of 10 overs each instead of then a minimum of 5 overs in such conditions to come to a result.
But for India, they deserved an opportunity to contest in the final as well. Their recent performances have been extraordinary beating both England and Australia in the tri-series leading up to the t20 world cup and then topping the group by winning all their games, including a win against New Zealand and Australia.If the second semi-final also results in a washout then India will face South Africa in the MCG. Click To Tweet
What Captains of South Africa and India had to say on washouts in knockout matches:
“Absolutely,” said van Niekerk. “We had a chat about it earlier. Yes, it works in our favor, 100%, but if I was on the other end I’d probably be really upset. Everybody works hard to get here, so to lose out with the weather is not ideal. It shouldn’t be like that, so I think for semi-finals and finals there should be reserve days.”
“We did discuss when we had a match referee meeting,” said Kaur. “But it’s the ICC rules and we cannot discuss too much on that. As a team, I think there should be (a reserve day) because every team is here to play cricket and if we get a reserve day that will be a great idea.”
Australia has been the most successful team in the world when it comes to winning world t20 tournaments. After winning the tournament on four different occasions and being the current champions, winning it on home soil would have been a dream for the Australian women. They would just be hoping to get a clear day and play the match against South Africa.
South Africa and India have been the only two unbeaten sides in the tournament till the group stages and if rain abandons the second semi-final too, we could see the two unbeaten sides as well as two first time finalists for a maiden… Click To Tweet It is expected to have a crowd over 90,000 for the final taking place at the MCG.