India’s game against New Zealand was called off yesterday, 4 hours after it’s scheduled time. After heavy showers in Nottingham for a couple of days, the condition of the outfield wasn’t good enough for the play to start.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, “Sensible decision to not play, given the outfield wasn’t fully fit. One point not a bad thing for sides that have won all their games so far. So we’ll take it.”
Moreover, 4 of the last 8 games have been washed out in a week or so already.
Rain stops play at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
- Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 7 (Match abandoned before it could start)
- South Africa (29/2 after 7.3 overs) vs West Indies at Rose Bowl on June 10
- Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh in Bristol on June 11 (Match abandoned without a ball bowled)
- India vs New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
However, England’s game against West Indies in Southampton has started without any disruption.
What about Ticket Refunds
As per International Cricket Council (ICC) website, “If play is restricted or does not take place of the venue on the day for which a ticket is valid, including any Reserve Day, the Ticket purchaser may claim a refund of the Original Sale Price of that Ticket (excluding fees) subject to there being:
- Full refund if a match is abandoned with 15 overs or less on the board.
- Half refund if abandonment takes place between 15 to 29.5 overs played
However, for the fans who have purchased tickets for overpriced rates from a third party will get zero refund.
Although, ICC and Broadcasters have nothing to worry as all the matches are insured and they can make up for losses. According to reports, ICC is protected by a rain insurance cover.
But, there are fans who travel from all across the globe to watch a World Cup game. ICC says reserve days for every rain-affected match not possible with an “extremely unseasonable” cloud cover in the country right now.