T20 WC final at risk of being washed out as weather forecast shows 95% chances of rain
The weather is expected to interfere with the much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup 2022 final between Pakistan and the winner of today’s match between India and England.
The advisory by the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology reads, “Partly cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, heavy falls possible in the southeast suburbs. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning west to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day.”
The Pakistan team has qualified for the final after defeating New Zealand by 7 wickets at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
According to the playing conditions of the World Cup, if the final or semi-finals are affected by rain, the competition will continue on the reserve day, but according to the forecast of the Australian Meteorological Department, the weather will not be in favor of finalist teams.
“Our first priority is to complete the match on the scheduled day,” ICC said.
It states that a match will only be finished on a reserve day “if the minimum number of overs required to constitute a match cannot be bowled on the scheduled day.”
The finals and semifinals, in contrast to round matches, require a minimum of 10 overs to be bowled in order to be considered a full match.
Both finalists will be crowned joint victors if there is not a playable scenario in the finale.
Notably, three matches were abandoned in Melbourne due to rain, while the result of one match was obtained on the DSL method.