England & Pak could be crowned joint T20 WC winners in case of washout
England and Pakistan could share the T20 World Cup trophy as rain threatens to play spoilsport on the day of the final as well as the reserve day at the MCG.
Currently, there is a 95 per cent chance of rain on Sunday, with up to 25mm of showers predicted in Melbourne.
“Very high (near 100%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe, with heavy falls possible,” a report in ESPNCricinfo quoted the Bureau of Meteorology as saying.
Unfortunately, the forecast for Monday — the designated reserve day for the summit clash — is similar with 95 per cent chance of rain and expected showers between 5 and 10mm.
Tournament rules for the final state that at least 10 overs a side are needed to constitute a knockout stage match.
If rain prevents play on both days then England and Pakistan will be forced to share the trophy.
“The first priority will be to complete a shortened match on Sunday if required, meaning the overs will be reduced before the reserve day is activated,” the report said.
The match is scheduled to start at 7pm local time (1.30pm IST) and if no play is possible, the game will spill over to the reserve day, starting at 3pm local time (9.30am IST).
Three group stage games at the MCG were abandoned during this tournament without a ball being bowled due to wet weather, while one was curtailed.