Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2019

"It's not easy, but if they can put on a reserve day, it would be good for everyone", said Karunaratne, whose team's previous match against Pakistan was also washed out.

In a statement issued on the ICC website, the CEO said that the reserve day will have an impact over pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to beat the game.

Reacting to the same, Richardson said that factoring in a reserve day for every single match of the mega event would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver.

Sri Lanka was forced to split points for the second consecutive time after their fourth 2019 ICC World Cup clash against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled at Bristol County Ground on Tuesday.

As per Met department's report, United Kingdom is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June.

However, the ICC has defended its decision and blamed the disruptions on "extremely unseasonable weather".

"We have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK".

The south-east of England saw just 2mm of rain in June 2018, but the past 24 hours alone have seen around 100mm.

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"There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either", he said. "We have reserve days factored in for the knock-out stages, knowing that over the course of 45 group games we should play the large majority", he added.

"The umpiring in this game has been atrocious", Holding said on live TV.

For Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, the match being called off was indeed frustrating as they had real chance of a comprehensive victory over the below-par Lankans.

"I know that it would have been hard, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it". But we do see it as one point lost, and that's disappointing, but realistically, what can we do about it?

But South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was not complaining after the abandoned match against the West Indies as it helped his side get off the mark on the points table.

"The horse is out of the shed if that's the right wording". As a former cricketer, I think cricket should be held to a higher standard.

"We are allowed to analyse players" strengths and weaknesses, pick apart players' techniques and faults yet when an umpire makes a cockup he is supposed to be protected?'

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