T20 World Cup: No Reserve day for 2nd semifinal Match

Several concerns are raised regarding the removal of reserve day for the 2nd semifinal match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. As an alternative, to ensure that the match concludes on that day itself, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have decided to grant an additional time of 250 minutes (4 hours 10 minutes) for the second semi-final of the T20WC 2024.

The first semi-final match is scheduled for 26th June at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad and the second semi-final match takes place on 27th June at Providence Stadium, Guyana. On June 29, the finals will grandly be held at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Being a cricket enthusiast, you might wonder what would happen if the T20WC 2024 second semi-final match is cancelled despite the inclusion of the extended time.

Let’s find out possibilities on how Team India’s performance could be affected by the omission of reserve day, considering the viewer-friendly timings of the Indian audience as well as predicted weather conditions for the first two semi-finals.

Also, it would be interesting to find out the chances of men-in-blue entering the finals and the possibilities to take advantage of No Reserve Day if they participate in the 2nd semi-final.

No Reserve Day for 2nd Semi-final: Can Team India’s Performance be affected?

Yes! There are chances for Team India’s performance to be affected as it is expected that Rohit Sharma and his men will play in the 2nd semi-final.

To clarify in detail, the first semi-final in Trinidad starts at 08:30 pm local time, which is 6 am according to the Indian Standard Time (IST), the next day. Although the weather conditions are predicted to be clear with slight chances of rain, the timings aren’t viewer-friendly for the Indian viewers. Moreover, the organizers have planned a reserve day for that match, if rain threatens to play a spoilsport. As a consequence, the game will shift to June 27 and the winner of the match will have more than a day to commence their preparation for finals.

Contrarily, the second semifinal on June 27 starts at 10:30 am local time and the Indian audience has the convenience of watching the live match around 8 pm IST. It means that the timings are viewer-friendly and most suitable for broadcasters to accumulate a huge viewership rate from India. It is predicted that the weather conditions in Guyana during June 2024 can witness severe rainfalls which can either prove to be beneficial or ruinous for the Indian cricket team during the 2nd semifinal.

How Can Team India Make Use of No Reserve Day favourably?

Team India is placed in Group A and has a maximum advantage of qualifying into the next stage as the table toppers by winning the matches against Ireland, Pakistan, USA, and Canada in the group stages.

Most importantly, you need to know that out of the 20 participating nations divided into four groups, two teams from each group can qualify for the Super Eight Stage, that are further split into two groups. The team that ranks first in Group A will straight away seal their spot in Group 1 of the Super Eight contest.

Especially, in the second semi-final, the runner-up of Group 1 will compete against the winner of Group 2 in Super Eights as explained below precisely:

  • 1st semi-final: (Winner of Group 1) vs (Runner-up of Group 2)
  • 2nd semi-final: (Winner of Group 2) vs (Runner-up of Group 1)

In simpler words, India can advance into the Super Eight stages either in Group 1 or Group 2 under the following conditions: 

  • Group 1: Concluding at the leading position in Group A
  • Group 2: Finishing at the 2nd position in Group A

Based on the above scenarios, Rohit Sharma’s led side will have the maximum advantage; if the match gets abandoned in Guyana. Consequently, the men-in-blue will qualify for the finals if they finish higher in the Super Eight Group stages.

How to determine the winner if the 2nd semi-final gets cancelled due to rain?

If the second semi-final cannot reach a conclusive result or ends up as a “NO-RESULT” game; the winner will be determined based on their overall ranking in the Super Eight stages. In simpler terms, teams that finish higher in the Super Eight stages would qualify for the finals, which might seem to be unfair as both sides need to get a fair chance to prove their abilities.

In comparison to the standard T20 matches, where a proper outcome can be obtained by conducting just five overs for the teams batting second; the knockout contests at the T20 World Cup follow a different system. Both sides must play a minimum of ten overs to decide the winner of the match.

Conclusion

Usually, the ICC follows the traditional method of conducting a reserve day to determine the proper outcome of the knockout matches. The absence of reserve day for the forthcoming T20 World Cup poses unique challenges.

Typically, a T20 World Cup game lasts for 190 minutes approximately. Since there isn’t any reserve day on the second semi-final, an additional hour of extra time has been included. It means that the duration is extended by providing an additional 250 minutes; thereby forcing the umpires to wait for eight hours to conclude a T20 match.

This strategic move by ICC and CWI helps to prevent the possibility of playing the second semi-finals and the grand finale on back-to-back days.

Considering the schedule of the final match on June 29 in Barbados; a reserve day for the second semi-final would leave the winning team clueless with less than 24 hours of preparation time, which includes a long journey of 700 km by flight. As a result, a tight timeline due to the impractical logistics will burden the players; which contributed to omitting the reserve day for the Guyana match.