ICC announces different playing conditions for 1st and 2nd semifinal of T20 World Cup 2024

May 15, 2024

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a unique twist to the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024 semifinals, with the matches set to be played under contrasting conditions.

First semifinal in Trinidad with reserve day

The first semifinal will be played in Trinidad on June 26, starting at 8.30 pm local time (6:00 am IST on June 27).

This match will have a traditional format with a reserve day allocated. If rain disrupts play on June 26, the match will resume on June 27.

Second semifinal in Guyana with extended play

The second semifinal, scheduled for June 27 at the Guyana National Stadium, will be a day match starting at 10.30 am local time (8:30 pm IST).

Unlike the first semifinal, this match will not have a reserve day. However, the ICC has allotted an additional 250 minutes of playing time. This means the umpires can wait for up to eight hours to ensure the match finishes on the same day.

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The final is scheduled for June 29 in Barbados, commencing at 10:30 am local time. Consequently, if the 2nd semifinal is rescheduled for the reserve day, the victorious team will be required to compete in the final the following day, within a timeframe of fewer than 24 hours.

Reserve Day rules remain in place

It’s important to note that the existing ICC rules regarding reserve days still apply (Clause 13.6 of the Playing Conditions). These rules prioritize completing the match on the scheduled day with reduced overs if necessary. Only if the minimum overs for a T20 match (i.e. 5 overs) cannot be bowled on the scheduled day will the match spill over to the reserve day (if available).

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With this unique format, the T20 World Cup semifinals promise to be high-pressure contests with an added layer of drama and strategic considerations for both teams.

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