The semi-finals of the Women's T20 World Cup being played in Australia have been decided. On both the matches of the tournament, there is a shadow of rain and it is expected that it will be difficult to plan the match. In view of the rain, Cricket Australia asked the International Cricket Council for permission to hold a reserve day for the match. The ICC has turned down Cricket Australia's demand to have a Reserve Day for the Women's World Cup semi-finals.
The first semi-final of the Women's T20 World Cup is to be played between India and England team on Thursday. South Africa will face hosts Australia in the second semi-final. On both these matches, there is a shadow of rain. If the rain caused the match to be canceled, then the hosts Australia and England will be eliminated from the World Cup without playing.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts told to SEN Radio on Wednesday, “We had a question about this and it is not at all in accordance with the playing conditions.”
He further added, I respect that because we have said the same thing in tournaments that we run in Australia.
An ICC spokesman said, ICC T20 World Cup is a short event where the provision of Reserve Day is kept only for the final match. If it is kept for any other match, it will prolong the tournament.
As per ICC Rule, if the Reserve Day is not kept in knock out matches and the match has to be canceled due to rain or any other reason, then the team at the top of the group progresses. This means that both the teams that finished first in their group will reach the final of the tournament without playing. While the teams that finished second in group matches will be eliminated from the tournament.