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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 4 March, 2003, 22:18 GMT
Bacher defends rain policy
Only two matches were rained off in the group stages
Only two matches were rained off in the group stages
World Cup organiser Dr Ali Bacher has defended the International Cricket Council's decision not to have reserve days for rain-affected matches.

The system leaves teams sharing the points when games are abandoned, as happened between West Indies and Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

Bacher said the decision had been taken in order to avoid travel chaos for teams, fans, officials and the media.

"Logistically, it would have been impossible from an organisational point of view to have included reserve days for matches in the group stage," he said.

"As it has turned out, only two matches of the 40 played so far have been rained off."

Of the 43 days from the opening ceremony to the final, cricket is due to be played on 33 of those days
Dr Ali Bacher

Bacher also confirmed the four other games affected by rain and decided on the Duckworth-Lewis method would not have benefited from reserve days because they had completed the required minimum of 25 overs per side.

Reserve days will be available for all Super Six and semi-final games, while the final has been allocated two reserve days, as a contingency against prolonged bad weather.




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Ali Bacher of the World Cup organising committee
"Logistically it was impossible to have reserve days for the pool matches"



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