Bangladesh coach criticises lack of World Cup reserve days after another washout
Jun 12 2019
Heavy overnight and early morning rain delayed Tuesday's scheduled 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT) start, with further rain seeing the game eventually called off at 1:57 pm (1257 GMT). Both the teams were awarded one point each.
But Bangladesh wanted this game desperately.
"We really targeted these two points", Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said. I would say that it's disappointing for the crowd, as well. "We want to play cricket and win games and gain the points".
"I'm very, very happy with the way we play the white ball, particularly, when it's short".
It's the second match abandoned at this World Cup, an unwanted record in tournament history.
Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga is flying home for his mother-in-law's funeral, but he is expected to return for Saturday's game against Australia at The Oval. But it's likely a moot point: the forecast is for rain in Bristol the next two days.
We played a practice game against Australia. I think you've seen some of our games in particular against South Africa, that didn't worry us. So we are well aware of what they have got and we know what's coming and we've got some plans to try and deal with that.
Meanwhile, Australia will play Pakistan at 9.30 tonight.
Exhausted of watching the rain in Bristol, he said: "Hopefully we can play". "Absolutely nothing. And now all we can do is win our games coming up, one at a time and just think of that, which is the next game West Indies and try and win that". Both teams have been reinforced, and Rhodes isn't concerned publicly about facing another barrage of short balls. "Our main objective is to try and get the game as soon as possible, but if anything, the rain has only gotten harder as the day went on", umpire Richard Illingworth said after the call-off. "And we know we've got some good players ourselves, so we won't be worrying too much about who we're playing against". We know how they are, and how they are going to play with us, so those are the things we have to look after.