England will square off against Pakistan in the all-important final at the MCG on November 13. Unfortunately, heavy showers’ threat looms on the day of the final, and there is around a 70% chance that it might rain tomorrow.
For such situations, the ICC has kept Monday as the reserve day. Although, a more severe thunderstorm threatens to wash out the reserve day as well.
After all the considerations, the ICC, as a precautionary measure, decided to make changes to their rules and increased the playing time on the reserve day from 2 hours to 4 hours.
“The Event Technical Committee (ETC) increased the playing time to four hours from two hours. It is done in case more time is required to complete the match,” said ICC in a release.
The match officials have made it clear that they will do everything to get the result on Sunday, but unlike group-stage matches, a minimum of 10 overs per side must be completed to get a result in knockouts. If the weather does not permit the officials to complete the stipulated overs, then the match will continue on Monday from 9:30 am IST.
“All efforts will be made to complete the match on Sunday, with necessary reductions in overs. But if ten overs per side cannot be bowled, the match will go to the reserve day and will be a continuation of play.”