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Reserve days for every match not possible: ICC

Reserve days for every match not possible: ICC

Nottingham: Three rained out games and more feared, the ongoing World Cup does seem to be a bit under the weather but the International Cricket Council says there's hardly anything it can do to deal with the "extremely unseasonable" cloud cover in the country right now.

Two Sri Lanka games — against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bristol have been abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The other game between South Africa and West Indies in Southampton was called off after 7.3 overs, leading to calls for a reserve day. The game between India and New Zealand in Nottingham is threatened by cloud cover and it is not even a fortnight into the tournament, which began on May 30 and concludes on July 14. The sport's governing body says it couldn't have possibly gone for reserve days given the long schedule of the event. "Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver," ICC's outgoing Chief Executive Dave Richardson said in a statement. As per MeT department's report, the United Kingdom is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June. "This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK," he said.

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