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.”
Pakistan fans are expected to make up a majority of the crowd and there is a possibility of some following the example of Indian supporters who jeered Smith at The Oval on Sunday.
However, Sarfraz says his compatriots will do no such thing.
“I don’t think Pakistani people will do that,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by AFP. “Pakistani people love cricket, they love to support and they love the players.”
A number of Indian fans booed Smith and some called him “cheater”, refering to his one-year ban over the ball-tampering scandal last year. That forced captain Virat Kohli to direct Indians fans to stop jeering. He then apologised to Smith.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz said Pakistan’s 5-0 series defeat by Australia in March is well and truly behind them.
“I think that thing is gone, it’s past,” said the wicketkeeper batsman. “We’re not thinking about that. Actually we are thinking about tomorrow’s game. So our morale is very high and we will do our best.”
A record third game at the World Cup was abandoned as inclement weather led to Sri Lanka suffering their second washout in a row against Bangladesh in Bristol.
Persistent rain and a wet outfield led to the abandonment of Sri Lanka’s encounter against Pakistan without a ball being bowled at the same venue last week and the soggy scenario repeated itself in the south-west on Tuesday.
The teams therefore collected a point each after it was decided shortly before 2pm to call the fixture off, three and a half hours after it was due to start, as the rain continued to fall.
Sri Lanka travel to The Oval to take on Australia this Saturday, 11 days after they last took to the field, while Bangladesh have six days to prepare for their clash against the West Indies at Taunton.
It is the second day in a row a match has fallen foul of the weather, with only 7.3 overs of play possible between South Africa and the Windies before rain led to a no-result.
The previous record of abandoned games stood at two, which happened at both the 1992 and 2003 tournaments.