Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have come out in support of the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) decision to include a reserve day for the India vs. Pakistan Super Four stage match. According to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC’s) release issued on Friday, if the game is stopped due to adverse weather during the match to be played on September 10, then it will be continued on September 11. In this, the audience has been asked to keep their tickets for the reserve day. landscape.
Interestingly, there is no reserve day for the other four Super Four matches, including the crucial clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on September 9. Fans reacted heavily on social media to ACC’s decision to keep the day reserved only for the India vs. Pakistan match. The BCB was the first to issue a statement that there was a consensus among all the participating teams for this particular decision.
“A reserve day for India-Pakistan contest in Asia Cup Super 4 stage has been added that effectively revised the Asia Cup playing condition. To clarify on the position, the decision was taken with the consent of all four participating teams and ACC.”
Sri Lanka Cricket, who are the co-hosts of the Asia Cup 2023, also stated that the decision was mutual.
“The reserve day for the India-Pakistan contest of the Asia Cup Super 4 stage was taken in consultation with all four member boards of the Super 4 competing teams,” SLC stated.
“Accordingly, the ACC effectively revised the playing conditions of the tournament to effect the agreed-upon change,” the statement further read.
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How Does A Reserve Day Work?
A reserve day in any cricket match is applied when unexpected circumstances do not allow the match to be completed on the scheduled day. Rain showers usually spoil the game in many cases and hence a reserve day is used to ensure the result in the match. Reserve day is usually kept in knockout matches of major events. India and New Zealand have played two major games in ICC tournaments whose outcome was decided on reserve days – the 2019 World Cup semi-final and the 2019–21 World Test Championship final. New Zealand were winners on both occasions.
A relatively recent example of a reserve day delivering a result in a major competition was seen in the IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans. The entire day of the final (28 May) was lost due to heavy rain in Ahmedabad and the winner was decided in the next game around midnight.