After weeks of clear weather, the infamous English weather is back to cause problems at the 2019 World Cup.
Just three games remain to decide the 50-over world champions and all eyes are on the weather. The first semi-final between India and New Zealand is in Manchester on Tuesday with a moderate threat of rain.
The Met Office’s forecast for Manchester on Tuesday is “mostly cloudy and overcast with light rain possible throughout the day”.
If that doesn’t fill you with confidence, the forecast for the second semi-final between England and Australia in Birmingham on Thursday certainly won’t. The forecast is for scattered thunderstorms and rain almost throughout Thursday.
However, there is a provision for reserve days for the knockout matches, which wasn’t there in the group stage.
But if somehow the matches get completely washed out, it means bad news for hosts England.
ICC rules state: “If after the scheduled day and reserve day the semi-final match has still not reached a result, the higher-placed team from the league stage will progress to the final.”
Also “if there is no play possible on either the originally schedule day of the final, nor the reserve day, the World Cup will be shared by the two finalist teams.”
In that case, India and Australia will make it to the semis as the Indians topped the group stage while the Aussies finished second.
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