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Business News/ Sports / Cricket News/  India vs Pakistan: Controversy erupts over reserve day for Asia Cup match; netizens react with memes

India vs Pakistan: Controversy erupts over reserve day for Asia Cup match; netizens react with memes

ACC has announced a reserve day exclusively for the India-Pakistan match in Asia Cup 2023, raising eyebrows and creating controversy.

File: India's star player Virat Kohli shakes hands with Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam during an ICC match.  (ICC)Premium
File: India's star player Virat Kohli shakes hands with Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam during an ICC match. (ICC)

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has found itself in hot water after announcing a reserve day exclusively for the India-Pakistan Super Four match in the Asia Cup 2023 tournament. This decision was taken in light of a 90% chance of heavy rainfall predicted for September 10, the day the match is scheduled. 

The ACC stated that if rain interferes, the match will continue from where it left off on the reserve day. However, the decision to allocate a reserve day only for this particular match has raised eyebrows.

Statements from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket boards took to social media to issue statements that only added to the confusion. According to their posts, the decision for a reserve day was made with the consent of all four teams participating in the Super 4 stage. Bangladesh Cricket Board tweeted about it while Sri Lanka Cricket echoed this sentiment in a similar post.

Coaches express surprise

Despite the boards' statements, the head coaches of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh expressed their discontent. Chris Silverwood, Sri Lanka's coach, mentioned that while they have no control over the tournament's organisation, the decision could be problematic if the reserve day affects the points table. 

Also Read: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Super Four match today: Where, when and how to watch

Bangladesh's head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, also expressed his surprise, stating that changing rules mid-tournament is not ideal.

Fans left puzzled

The decision to provide a reserve day only for the India-Pakistan match has left fans and experts questioning the ACC's decision-making process. The controversy has added another layer of intrigue to an already highly-anticipated tournament.

“A reserve day added for the Pakistan v India Super Four clash on Sunday, but not for any of the other Super Four matches. A classic case of inconsistency and unfairness to the other teams," wrote Iceland Cricket.

“A multi-nation tournament deserves a reserve day for each of the Super 4 games not just Indo-Pak. No rocket science there. PS: Neither of the two teams are defending champions by the way. Sri Lanka are," wrote one user.

Former India cricketer was surprised at the Sri Lanka board’s reaction. “What was the pressure to agree on this unreasonable demand, when you aren’t getting a reserve day for your own matches ? Why so much generosity to ensure India vs Pakistan isn’t washed out even if it costs your own team a chance to qualify. Can you please explain truly the intent and reason to do so?" he wrote.

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 09 Sep 2023, 10:40 AM IST
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