All quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of ICC World Cup 2015 have been allocated reserve days. But if the game is not completed on the scheduled day, the contest shall resume from the same point where it had stopped. There is no option to start afresh.
The group stage ended yesterday (March 15) and we have 8 teams (India, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and West Indies) in the knockout phase. The quarter-finals begin on March 18. There were no reserve days for Pool matches. But that will not be the case for the all-important knockout encounters.
According to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) playing conditions, the following will apply for reserve days
# There shall be one reserve day allocated to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on which an incomplete match shall be continued from the scheduled day.
# Every effort will be made to complete the match on the scheduled day with any necessary reduction in overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on the scheduled day will the match be completed on the reserve day.
# If the match has started on the scheduled day and overs are subsequently reduced following an interruption, but no further play is possible, the match will resume on the reserve day at the point where the last ball was played.
Application of the Reserve Day Example 1
Match starts at 50 overs per side and there is an interruption at 19 overs. Overs are reduced to 46 overs per side and play is about to resume. Before another ball is bowled it rains and play is abandoned for the day.
As the match didn’t resume under the revised overs, the match should continue on the reserve day at the original 50 overs per side with the overs reduced if necessary during the day.
The same start as in example 1 i.e. match starts at 50 overs per side and there is an interruption at 19 overs. Overs are reduced to 46 overs per side and play is about to resume. This time, play starts and after an over has been bowled it rains and play is abandoned for the day.
As the match has resumed, it is continued on the reserve day at 46 overs per side with the overs reduced if necessary during the day.
The toss occurs on the scheduled day but the match is abandoned for the day without a ball being bowled. When play commences on the reserve day:
# The captains shall not be entitled to re-toss (and nominate new teams)
# These matches shall always be regarded in the records as a single match.
Note: If the reserve day is utilised, the hours of play on the reserve day are the same as the scheduled hours of play on the scheduled day, including any provision for extra time. The amount of extra time available on the reserve day cannot exceed that which was available on the scheduled day.