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Monday, 4 November, 2002, 10:16 GMT
Reserve days ruled out
Centurion Park, February 2000
South African weather can be depressing in February
The International Cricket Council has confirmed that there will be no reserve days for rain-affected first round matches at next year's World Cup in South Africa.

The decision was taken to avoid travel chaos for teams, supporters, tournament officials and the media.

"Everything, including hotel accommodation, air travel and satellite television would have had to be double booked to accommodate these reserve days," explained tournament director Dr Ali Bacher.

"Logistically for the teams, their supporters, the local and overseas media and the organisers this created several potential risks to the tight schedule and had the potential to disrupt the remainder of the tournament."

World Cup matches will be played at 15 different venues in three countries - South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

"For this to be managed effectively, the schedule needs a degree of certainty in the first round," ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed commented.

Teams will share the points for any first round group matches which cannot be completed due to rain.

But reserve days will remain in the schedule for the Super Six phase of the tournament, the semi-finals and final.

The Duckworth-Lewis system of recalculating target scores in rain-affected matches will be used in all matches.

Cricket World Cup 2003 begins on 8 February in South Africa

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