At the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13, former champions England and Pakistan will face off in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Both teams will aim to give it their all and win the title for the second time. However, if rain prevents the play from going on, their plans will be put on hold.
Moreover, the big game on November 13 is predicted to see a lot of rain, according to the Melbourne weather forecast. Despite the fact that a reserve day has been set aside, there is a 95% chance that rain will ruin the game, and things are not looking good because rain is also predicted for the reserve day (November 14).
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Event Technical Committee has therefore significantly altered the playing conditions in light of the rain threat. “Tournament officials have now been able to add an additional hour of extra time for play to be held at the MCG on Sunday night, giving a total of 90 minutes should any play be lost,” ICC said in a statement released early on November 13.
Players and officials were greeted with a beautiful sunny morning in Melbourne on November 13, though clouds began to slowly roll in ahead of the scheduled first ball at 7:00pm local time.
Provision of additional playing time increased for the reserve day
“The Event Technical Committee (ETC) has increased the provision of additional playing time on the reserve day to four hours from the original provision of two hours (clause 13.7.3 of the Playing Conditions), in case more time is required to complete the match and get a result,” the ICC said.
It should be noted that a match in the knockout stage requires 10 overs per side, and every effort will be made to complete the match on the scheduled match day. “Every effort will be made for the match to be completed on Sunday, with any necessary reduction of overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on Sunday will the match go into the reserve day. Play on the reserve day will begin at 15h00 and would be a continuation of play from the scheduled match day,” the statement further read.
Pakistan and England have already played seven T20Is this year, with England having the upper hand after winning the seven-match series 4-3 in September-October.