“Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” ICC’s outgoing Chief Executive Dave Richardson said in a statement. He then went on to explain the impact a reserve day could have on the tournament. But having a reserve day for each match will require a significant increase in the workforce from the current 1200 that is employed per game. “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. “So, as it got a bit later in the day, then you would rather get the point and go,” du Plessis said after the match was abandoned.
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