After claiming yet another victim on Thursday, England’s rainy weather managed to script a unique record in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019!
With the match between India and New Zealand being washed out on Thursday without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England’s 2019 World Cup became the wettest edition in the history of world cup!
It was the third time in two weeks that rain stopped play for the day!
Since the inception of Cricket World Cup tournament in 1975 until the last edition, only two games were washed out without a ball being bowled.
The first of its kind was witnessed in the 1979 World Cup where the match between Sri Lanka and West Indies was abandoned at the Oval without the toss taking place.
The other was in 2015 when hosts Australia and Bangladesh did not even take the field after a heavy shower washed out the encounter in Brisbane.
No. of matches abandoned without a toss in Cricket World Cup, 1975-2015 – 2 in 402 matches and in 2019 – 3 games in 18 matches!
Overall, rain had its effect on four games in World Cup 2019 after the match between South Africa and West Indies ended in a no result after just 7.3 overs.
Sri Lanka have been the most affected team with two of their matches getting washed out – versus Pakistan and Bangladesh.
In fact, even their win against Afghanistan came via DLS method after rain paid a small visit to the venue.
On a worrying note, more rain is expected to frustrate the cricket-frenzy crowd in England and Wales as only three out of eight games in the next seven days have a no-rain forecast.
Incidentally, the highly-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash is among those five matches.