WEB DESK – With England, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh making it to the semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, all eyes will be on the two encounters that will decide the final two teams to play each other at the Oval on June 18.
However, if we recall the past 12 continuous days of action packed group stage games, we will come to know that it has been hit by the rain on numerous occasions besides including multiple washouts.
The question that pops up in our minds at this point of time is that what if the semi-finals get washed out.
It is worth mentioning here that the rules for the semi-final stage will be same as the previous editions of the tournamnet with the match going into the Super Over if it ends in a tie. However, no Super Over has ever been bowled in ODI cricket till date and will be the first time if any of semifinals end in a tie.
While considering the facts of how the weather interrupted in the Champions Trophy and unpredictablity of the England climate, the chances of the semi-finals ending in a washout cannot be forgone. Moreover, something which really is worrisome for the diehards is that both the semis do not have a reserve day to continue and the possible rain could really spoil up the things in the semi-finals. In that case, the team that finished at the top of their group will automatically move forward.
In the first semi-final, England will be going to final in case of a washout as they finsihed at the top of Group A and Pakistan ended Group B as the no.2 team.
As far as the second semi-final is concerned, India will go in the case of a washout. It is also pertinent here to mention that the case also applies to the tied semi-finals where the Super Over can’t be contested owing to the weather conditions.
The weather forecast of Cardiff which is the the venue for Pak-Eng semi-final doesn’t seem to affect the game but the Birmingham forecast, can affect the second semi-final like the way it did in all the 4 games it has hosted during the tournament.