If T20 World Cup Semi-Final Washout Then What Happens Next?

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‘South Africa and India poised to advance if weather disrupts crucial knockout matches’

As the T20 World Cup reaches its thrilling climax, inclement weather looms over the much-anticipated semi final clashes. Scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, the semifinals face a significant threat of being washed out, with forecasts predicting heavy rain and thunderstorms.

First Semifinal: South Africa vs Afghanistan

The first semifinal, set to be played between South Africa and Afghanistan in Trinidad and Tobago, has a reserve day allocated. However, should both days succumb to the weather, South Africa, having topped their group in the Super Eights, will advance to the final.

Second Semifinal: India vs England

The situation becomes more controversial with the second semifinal between India and England in Guyana. Scheduled for Thursday, June 27, this match is expected to be hit harder by the weather, with the Met Office forecasting severe thundery showers throughout the day.

The ICC has not scheduled a reserve day for this match, a move that has sparked debate. The playing conditions state that any washout will see India, who emerged as group winners in the Super Eights, automatically progress to the final. Critics have questioned the fairness of this setup, suggesting potential bias, especially since India’s progression to this stage was anticipated.

Extra Time Considerations

The India-England semifinal is set to commence at 10:30 am local time, with more than 250 minutes of buffer time before the match would be shortened due to delays. This provision mirrors the time allocated to the first semifinal, although the latter benefits from a split across two days.

ICC’s Stance and Precedents

The ICC’s decision to pre-allocate semi final venues and times, regardless of the teams’ final standings, is based on logistical considerations. The significant travel time between Guyana and Barbados is cited as the lack of a reserve day for the second semifinal.

As cricket fans worldwide watch the weather reports, the potential washouts present a bittersweet scenario. While South Africa and India stand to benefit from their superior group stage performances, the cricketing community continues to debate the fairness and impact of such regulations in the sport’s biggest T20 event.

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