First of all a huge congratulations to the Indian Women’s team for entering their first ICC World T20 finals. India are the only team unbeaten team in the tournament and have earned the right to play in the final that is to be held at the iconic MCG on the 8th of March.
Having said that, if one removes their patriotic hat for a minute you can’t help but feel sad for the English women’s team. They are out of the semi-finals without a ball being bowled. Shockingly, there is no reserve day even for a sudden death game in a tournament of this magnitude. While, one understands the commercial, broadcasting and most importantly, logistical challenge in having a reserve day for every World Cup game, it’s baffling to not have a reserve day for the knockouts.
Some of these teams prepared for this event for two years and it’s almost criminal for a team to be knocked out in this manner. This was an event which was aimed at being a giant leap forward for the women’s game and this sure won’t help. The ICC has been quite notorious for being reactive rather than proactive in the recent past, be it the boundary rule in the super over or having a reserve day. It’s high-time that the council pulls its socks up and shun the rigidity that has been plaguing the sport for so long.
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