India into women’s T20 WC final after England washout
Sydney: India reached a maiden women’s Twenty20 World Cup final Thursday after their last four clash against England was washed out, sparking calls for the International Cricket Council to include reserve days in future events.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten side were due to face the 2009 champions at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but the rain began pouring early in the day with barely any let-up.
With a minimum 10 overs per side needed for a result and no break in the weather, the umpires called it off without a ball being bowled.
Normally, five overs per side are needed to constitute a Twenty20 match, but the rules are different for ICC tournaments.
With no reserve day, the highest-ranked teams from the two groups move into the final if play is not possible.
That would pit India against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, where organisers are hoping to attract 90,000 plus fans, denying Australia a chance to defend their crown.
A reserve day is allowed for the final and the lack of one for the semis has been criticised by some players, with England captain Heather Knight among those calling for change.
“If both semi-finals are lost it would be a sad time for the tournament,” she told reporters ahead of the match. “It’s obviously going to be a shame if it does happen and I’m sure there will be a lot of pressure on the ICC to change that.”
Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said he sought clarification from the ICC about adding a reserve day with the Sydney weather looking ominous, but the request was denied.
“We’ve asked the question and it’s not part of the playing conditions and we respect that,” he told Melbourne’s SEN radio. – AFP