Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes: We put men on the moon, why can't we have reserve day at World Cup 2019?

Press Association Sport 22:15 11/06/2019
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The Bangladesh-Sri Lanka game was washed out.

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes bemoaned the lack of reserve days at the World Cup after a tournament-record third abandonment in the space of five days.

The inclement weather in England and Wales is starting to become a major talking point after Bangladesh-Sri Lanka became the latest fixture to be rained off.

With rain continuing to fall at Bristol, a decision was taken to abandon the game without a ball being bowled shortly before 2pm – three-and-a-half hours after play was scheduled to begin – meaning both sides each took a point.

Rhodes said: “We really targeted this sort of game to get two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and been no pushovers at all.

“But we do see it as one point lost and that’s disappointing. But realistically, what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing. It’s out of our control, the way the weather is.

“If you know the English weather, sadly, we’re going to get a lot of rain. We never know when the rain’s going to come. At the moment, we’re seeing some problems.

“I know logistically, it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers, and I know that it would have been difficult, 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.

“We put men on the moon so why can’t we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament?”

Rhodes was more upbeat on the prognosis of talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was a doubt heading into this clash because of a thigh injury he sustained against England at the weekend.

Rhodes added: “We’re very, very optimistic about the treatment that he’ll get this week and the way that he can recover well; we’re very optimistic that he can play in that next game against West Indies.”

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